Venezuela

Venezuelan government continues to repress freedom of association

On 8th September 2019, Venezuelan human rights organisations reported that the country’s human rights situation has worsened since the visit of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, in June 2019. According to Marino Alvarado, founding member and coordinator of Programa Venezolano de Educación Acción en Derechos Humanos (Venezuelan Human Rights Action Education Programme - PROVEA), the number of political prisoners has increased and there is no sign that Nicolás Maduro’s government will stop persecuting dissenters. In addition, institutions such as the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Ombudsman’s Office have not investigated any violations and the government has made no effort to implement the recommendations outlined in the High Commissioner’s report on Venezuela from July 2019. Read more

Venezuelan government continues to repress freedom of association

Intimidation of journalists and actors in Venezuela

Between the 23 July 2019 and 9 August 2019, four protesters were detained in a small demonstration against electricity power cuts and two actors were detained for a performance where they played policemen. There were also at least two separate cases of intimidation of journalists recorded. Read more

Intimidation of journalists and actors in Venezuela

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ report highlights shocking violations in Venezuela

On 4 July 2019, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, published her report about the situation in Venezuela, following her visit as reported in the previous Monitor update. The report states that over the last decade, in particular since 2016, Venezuela’s government has implemented a strategy “aimed at neutralising, repressing and criminalising political opponents and people critical of the Government.” The High Commissioner has found that a series of laws, policies and practices have constrained civic and democratic space, allowing patterns of violation. The report details the militarisation of institutions and highlights the extensive reports of abuse, including: extra-judicial killings, arbitrary detentions, ill-treatment and torture of those critical of government, sexual and gender-based violence of women detained, and the excessive use of force during demonstrations. Read more

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ report highlights shocking violations in Venezuela


Maduro government continues to strangle opposition with repression and intimidation

In the fallout of opposition leader Juan Guaidó's address calling the population to take to the streets, there have been several reports of protesters injured and killed in Venezuela, as well as a crackdown on freedom of expression throughout the month of May 2019 - in particular through the strategic disruption of internet services. Opposition politician Edgar Zambrano was arrested for supporting Guaidó's uprising and one Human Rights Defender, Alexis Bustamante, has been reported missing. Read more

Maduro government continues to strangle opposition with repression and intimidation

30th April 2019: another peak in repression

The escalating tensions in Venezuela caused by the dispute of power between Juan Guaido and the ruling party have witnessed an increase in violations of civic freedoms. 30th April 2019, began as a day which could have marked the return of democracy to Venezuela. Opposition leader and interim President, Juan Guaidó appeared in the streets with the opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez who was previously sentenced to 14 years in prison and held under house arrest. The two politicians called for Venezuelans to take the streets and demand that Nicolas Maduro step down from power. Read more

30th April 2019: another peak in repression

Sociopolitical crisis triggers attacks against HRDs

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expressed concerns regarding an increase of harassment against human rights defenders (HRDs) since 11th March 2019. Since March, local CSOs have documented an increase in defamatory messages from government authorities against activists. In fact, in the last few weeks at least five people were arrested without a court order after previously being identified on television for their work. Read more

Sociopolitical crisis triggers attacks against HRDs

Political crisis undermines civic space freedoms

In the context of Venezuela's political, economic and humanitarian crisis, human rights defenders, opposition leaders and civil society organisations have been subjected to harassment and intimidation for their opposition to the government or for denouncing human rights violations. Read more

 Political crisis undermines civic space freedoms
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Two members of the fire department detained over satirical video

On 12th September 2018, two members of the fire department, Carlos Julio Varón Gracia and Ricardo Antonio Prieto Parra, were detained for the publication of a satirical video where they compared President Maduro to a donkey. Read more

Two members of the fire department detained over satirical video
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Concerns over freedom of expression heighten as more media outlets are forced to shutdown

Several cyber-attacks against independent media were also reported: on 1st August 2018 news outlet El Pitazo reported that their website was blocked without a formal notification by CONATEL. Read more

Concerns over freedom of expression heighten as more media outlets are forced to shutdown