The Senate passed a bill Monday that would sanction officials violating the human rights of Venezuelan protestors.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezLawmakers target horse meat trade Senators, staff get approval to testify in Menendez corruption trial Trump admin not opposed to new war authorization MORE (D-N.J.) introduced S. 2142, which the Senate passed by voice-vote.

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The Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act directs President Obama to sanction against any current or former Venezuelan government official who violated the rights of ant-government protestors this year.

Menendez’s bill comes as peaceful protestors in Venezuela have been killed and tortured by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

Ranking member Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerHow to fix Fannie and Freddie to give Americans affordable housing No. 2 Senate Republican backs McConnell in Trump fight Five tough decisions for the GOP on healthcare MORE (R-Tenn.) released his hold on the legislation this summer.

“A regional dialogue remains the best option to help Venezuelans find a negotiated, democratic way forward that addresses systematic violations of human rights,” Corker said. “But the Venezuelan government’s complicity with criminal activity that threatens its neighbors and the U.S. demands a firm response from our country and other nations.”

The bill also states U.S. support for the protestors and an open Democracy in the South American country.