A fifty-page long report published earlier this week by the human rights organization presents strong evidence on extrajudicial executions, disproportionate use of lethal force, and illegal arrests.
Spending more than 12 hours a day without electric power, carrying tons of gallons of water, walking hundreds of miles due to the lack of transport, and standing in long lines for gas is the daily life of the people of Mérida. A city in the border that has been emptied.
We use it to share something with friends who leave the country. We watch it searching for answers for our own ceaseless winter. Few people will miss this show as those who live in a country that feels like scorched by a dragon.
In Barquisimeto, one of the cities most affected by the collapse of the power network, demonstrations against the dictatorship are mercilessly punished. Now, those who fall in the hands of FAES or the National Guard can be jailed inside containers, with no fresh air or sunlight.
With a combination of exceptional powers, harassment, jail, and exile, the Maduro government became a dictatorship by ignoring all its obligations to submit the Executive to the control of a Legislative controlled by the opposition since 2015. The Supreme Tribunal has been the main tool to void the legitimate National Assembly of people and functions.
Imagine you can’t graduate and continue with your life’s plans because your university or college has no power most of the time. You are attending only a few lessons under scorching heat. You can’t print a blueprint or run lab tests. That’s life in Maracaibo for university students.
He’s epileptic. He was doing nothing. And the police took him because people were protesting somewhere else in Puerto Ordaz. With this photo essay, we start a series of stories of human rights violations documented by La Vida de Nos, a wonderful Venezuelan project of storytelling focused on testimonials.
It was meant to be the largest rice-processing plant in the continent, providing jobs and infrastructure to Delta Amacuro, one of the least developed states in the country. But now it’s in ruins, it was never finished and later abandoned. A Reuters story unveils the real outcome of Chinese patronage: massive losses for a famished nation.
The new report by the CEPR, “Economic Sanctions as Collective Punishment: The Case of Venezuela” written by Dr. Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot, is generating sympathy for the chavista cause in the liberal media at a critical moment, but it’s already being challenged by the heavyweights.
This new open letter to non-Venezuelans draws from the concept of cultural appropriation, to denounce the pattern by which the first-world left shuts down the voices of the human beings affected by the situation in Venezuela, weaponizing it for their own wars.
On May 8th, 1817, two legendary leaders of the Independence tried to restore the federal model of the first republican Constitution. But El Libertador used his might to let the project die: he didn’t want to share power.
One of the most spectacular aspects of the events of February 22nd and February 23rd was the widely broadcasted defection of Venezuelan soldiers into Colombia and Brazil. HRW’s Tamara Taraciuk talked to some of them in Cucuta: they are more than disappointed.
Reporters targeted by security forces, radio station shutdowns, news channels taken off the air and blocking websites have become normal. Maduro's siege against the press is getting worse.
Six years after awarding Nicolás Maduro’s government for apparently reducing hunger in Venezuela, the UN agency for food security puts Venezuela in a list of countries in high-risk of facing a widespread food crisis.
An open, respectful letter to those people who decided it was right to occupy the Venezuelan embassy in Washington D.C. to avoid National Assembly-appointed representatives to work there, by one Venezuelan who’s sincerely making the effort of understanding your point of view.
After Cristal Palacios shared with us her concept of “peace privilege” to explain the inability to understand Venezuela from the comfort of development, Manuel Llorens takes the cue to propose another dimension of the phenomenon: everyone tends to reduce the contemplation of pain.
May 1st gave Caracas a crowded chavista march and a constellation of anti-regime protests severely repressed. Four young Venezuelans have been killed so far since Tuesday morning. The unrest, again, is nationwide and people look determined to resist.
While some may say that the U.S. has been vehemently supporting democracy and human rights in our country, Venezuelans believe those considerations can be extended to regularize the migrant population in the U.S.
In areas of Caracas such as Santa Mónica in the south east, and El Paraíso in the west, neighbors have organized to resist on the street since April 30th, following Juan Guaidó’s instructions. This is how they took the upheaval of recent hours.
It was the kind of incredible days we’re used to: at dawn, spectacular and hopeful news; at sunset, confusion and defeat. While night falls, Guaidó appears at the brink of jail and Maduro looks weaker and stronger at once. Let’s try to make sense of this, now.