“I would like to thank my friend who always stands in solidarity with me, President Václav Havel, for his invitation to this important meeting.”
Oswaldo Paya Sardinas, Dissident, Cuba, 2007
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Leopoldo López

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Opposition Politician (prisoner of conscience – unable to attend)


Leopoldo López was invited to the Forum 2000 Conference, but is unable to attend as he is imprisoned for political reasons.
Venezuelan politician and economist, currently the National Coordinator of Voluntad Popular, the democratic opposition party. Mr. López led the 2014 protests in Caracas, was arrested under charges considered politically motivated and remains in detention. He was Mayor of the Municipality of Chacao in Caracas – valued as the most transparent Municipality in the country – for two consecutive terms (2000–2008). Mr. López studied Economics before earning an M.A. in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and holds an honorary Doctor of Law degree from Kenyon College, USA.


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