Venezuela

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

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