Tag Archives: José Miguel Vivanco

Nicaragua: government crackdown targets civil society


UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet is urging the government of Nicaragua to stop intimidation and harassment against civil society and the media, according to reports. The High Commissioner’s request… Read more »

A Venezuela formula to punish Maduro, help the people


A US subsidiary of Venezuela’s PDVSA that has been used as collateral for a Russian loan has emerged as a stumbling block to Washington’s moves to impose additional sanctions on… Read more »

Dialog can’t avert ‘final blow to Venezuela’s democracy’


Venezuela has freed three opposition activists jailed for more than a month in a first gesture by President Nicolas Maduro’s government after talks began with his foes, Reuters reports: The… Read more »

Venezuela’s odd transition to dictatorship


Venezuela’s Congress on Sunday declared that the government had staged a coup by blocking a drive to recall President Nicolas Maduro in a raucous legislative session that was interrupted when… Read more »

Venezuela: OAS should invoke Democratic Charter


The Organization of American States should invoke the Inter-American Democratic Charter to press Venezuela to restore judicial independence and the protection of fundamental rights, Human Rights Watch said today in… Read more »

Venezuela on brink of political crisis


Venezuela’s ruling Socialists inaugurated a grassroots assembly on Tuesday in the same building as the national legislature in a further effort to minimize impact of an opposition election win that… Read more »

Venezuela ‘staring into abyss’: democracy still at risk


The opposition’s election victory is not the ultimate proof of Venezuela’s democratic virtues, as members of the government have argued, but instead an opportunity to rebuild democracy based on tolerance,… Read more »

Venezuelan Elections at a Time of Human Rights Concerns


In recent years Venezuela has experienced escalating political turmoil and severe economic crises under the leadership of President Nicolás Maduro.  High inflation rates, cuts in public services, and the breakdown… Read more »

Venezuela: convicted opposition leader Lopez, ‘a stone in chavismo’s shoe’


A Venezuelan court sentenced opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez to thirteen years in prison on Thursday on charges of conspiracy, arson, damage of public property, and incitement of violence after last… Read more »