Venezuela

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
Spanish

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

Repression of protests killed 15 people in 2018

Observatorio Venezolano de Conflictividad Social (Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict - OVCS) published a report of social protests in Venezuela for the first semester of 2018. 5,315 protests took place in the country. Read more

 Repression of protests killed 15 people in 2018

Venezuelans facing food shortages encounter danger and excessive force at protests

People in Venezuela continue to protest demanding access to food and other basic services. Security forces continue to use excessive force and as a consequence 10 protesters were killed during the first months of 2018. Read more

 Venezuelans facing food shortages encounter danger and excessive force at protests

Economic crisis triggers social protest and freedom of expression constantly undermined

Freedom of expression continues to be restricted in Venezuela, which several documented cases of attacks against journalists and media outlets closing operations. Read more

Economic crisis triggers social protest and freedom of expression constantly undermined


Civil society: new law restricts freedoms of association and expression

On 8th November, the National Constituent Assembly (ANC) approved the Anti-Hate Law for Peaceful Coexistence and Tolerance. The law contains some provisions that constraint the right to freedom of association. Read more

 Civil society: new law restricts freedoms of association and expression

Freedom of expression violations reported during regional elections

Civic space freedoms continue to be restricted in Venezuela, especially during the regional elections that took place in October where many freedom of expression violations were documented. Read more

Freedom of expression violations reported during regional elections

Concerns rise over freedom of expression in light of media shutdown

Freedom of expression and access to information continue to be restricted in Venezuela Read more

 Concerns rise over freedom of expression in light of media shutdown