Venezuela

Venezuela: censorship of independent media online and detention of elderly woman for satirical video

On 20th March 2022, military agents killed four Yanomami people in the Parima B sector of Alto Orinoco, Amazonas state. Three other Indigenous people, including a teenager and two military staff, were wounded amid a “confrontation.” Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Venezuela: censorship of independent media online and detention of elderly woman for satirical video

Venezuela: stigmatisation and censorship of media in early 2022

On 7th January 2022, a pro-government media executive published messages intimidating 11 journalists and communicators, saying they were “thieves” and calling for them to be sought and criminalised. Afterward, his social media posts were shared by the Vice-President of ruling party Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (Psuv), Diosdado Cabello, and by government supporters. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Venezuela: stigmatisation and censorship of media in early 2022

International Criminal Court opens investigation on crimes against humanity in Venezuela

On 4th November 2021, the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced the opening of a formal investigation into allegations of torture and extrajudicial killings committed by Venezuelan security forces under President Nicolás Maduro. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

International Criminal Court opens investigation on crimes against humanity in Venezuela

Three human rights defenders arbitrarily detained in Venezuela

At the end of June 2021, civil society organisations in Venezuela condemned the “Communal Cities” bill under discussion in the National Assembly. According to the organisations, the legislative project is unconstitutional and would result in the creation of parallel bodies of territorial and administrative management, replacing elected bodies such as governors’ offices, mayors’ offices and municipal councils. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Three human rights defenders arbitrarily detained in Venezuela

Venezuela cracks down on civil society operation and funding

On 30th March 2021, Venezuela’s Interior Ministry published Administrative Ruling 001-2021 for the Unified Registry of Obligated Subjects, requiring all non-governmental and non-profit organisations in the country to provide sensitive information regarding their activities. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Venezuela cracks down on civil society operation and funding

Five HRDs released in Venezuela, but cases of arbitrary detention and intimidation continue

During the 46th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet spoke about the situation in Venezuela. Read more

Five HRDs released in Venezuela, but cases of arbitrary detention and intimidation continue

Contested legislative elections in Venezuela amid pandemic

On 7th December 2020, Nicolas Maduro’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and allied parties won 67 percent of the seats in the National Assembly, in legislative elections boycotted by most of the opposition. Read more

Contested legislative elections in Venezuela amid pandemic

United Nations report on Venezuela documents evidence of crimes against humanity

A report by the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, published on 16th September 2020, found evidence of crimes against humanity in the country. Read more

United Nations report on Venezuela documents evidence of crimes against humanity

Venezuela stifles dissent with political interference in opposition parties and detentions

At the 44th session of the Human Rights Council, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, presented a new report on the situation in Venezuela between June 2019 and May 2020. Read more

Venezuela stifles dissent with political interference in opposition parties and detentions