Crisis in Venezuela: Implications for Democracy, Human Rights, and the Environment
As the Wilson Center launches its series “Hemisphere of Prosperity and Freedom,” the situation in Venezuela is deteriorating, amid the persistent oppression, violence, and economic mismanagement of the Nicolás Maduro regime.
With the Mexico City negotiations between the regime and the democratic opposition stalled, the Venezuelan opposition is seeking to hold primaries on the heels of a decision to eliminate the interim government. Meanwhile, human rights conditions have worsened. A recent report by the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela found that the regime “relies on the intelligence services and its agents to repress dissent in the country. In doing so, grave crimes and human rights violations are being committed, including acts of torture and sexual violence.”
In addition to human rights concerns, Venezuela is quickly becoming an epicenter of illegal gold mining and deforestation in the Amazon. Illegal mining provides income to the regime, finances armed groups, and damages sensitive ecosystems. A report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned that “all gold originating within Venezuela should be considered high-risk.”
Cristina V. Burelli
P. Michael McKinley
Latin America Program
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