Category: Statements

Statements

Statement by civil society organizations on the Decentralized Office of the ICC Prosecutor in Caracas

The undersigned human rights organizations welcome the recent announcement by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim A.A. Khan, on the establishment of a decentralized office of the ICC Prosecutor’s Office in Caracas, and the declaration that the Office will work jointly with important international allies.

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Diverse Social Sectors of the Foro Cívico Presented Agenda of Urgent Citizen Demands in Miraflores

On April 5, 2022, a meeting took place between members of the Venezuelan government and members of various civil society organizations, with the objective of presenting an agenda of citizens’ demands that have been comprised through social dialogue, conversations between organizations and citizens, and consultations with leadership from across the political spectrum.

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The Government of Nicolás Maduro Continues to Violate the Venezuelan People’s Rights of Participation and Non-Discrimination

We, a group of Venezuelan social and human rights organizations, reject the official decisions regarding the request to activate the constitutional right to hold a recall referendum of elected officials. This right is established in Article 72 of the Constitution, and its violation confirms the absence of democracy in the country and the inability for the population to exercise political rights without threat of reprisal.

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ICC Opens Formal Investigation Into Crimes Against Humanity in Venezuela

On November 3, upon concluding a three-day visit to Venezuela, International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Karim Khan announced that the body is opening a formal investigation into crimes against humanity committed by civilian authorities, members of the armed forces and pro-government individuals in the context of protests and repression that have occurred since 2017.

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International Organizations Express Concern Regarding Administrative Providence that Seeks to Criminalize and Restrict Work of Civil Society Organizations in Venezuela

On September 24, WOLA joined CEJIL, DPLF, and several other organizations in issuing a joint statement expressing concern around an administrative ruling that seeks to criminalize and restrict the critical work that civil society organizations are doing in Venezuela.

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Venezuela Program

Geoff Ramsey

Geoff Ramsey

Director for Venezuela @GRamsey_LatAm

David Smilde

David Smilde

WOLA Senior Fellow and the Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations at Tulane University

@dsmilde
Kristen

Kristen Martinez-Gugerli

Venezuela Program Associate

@kmgWOLA