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Feb. 13
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Event Feb. 16 – Contending with Crisis: Venezuela’s Presidential Election and the International Response

Venezuelan electoral authorities have officially confirmed that the country will hold presidential elections on April 22 in accordance with a National Constituent Assembly decree that mandated a vote in the first four months of 2018. Please join us on Friday, Feb. 16 as we assess the situation with Mike McCarthy and David Smilde, two leading experts the upcoming elections and the role they will play in upholding Venezuelan democracy.

Feb. 8
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David Smilde on Voice of America

In an interview with Voice of America, WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde commented on the failure of the negotiations taking place in the Dominican Republic between the opposition and the government, in addition to the CNE’s announcement that presidential elections will take place on April 22nd. Smilde notes that the quickly approaching elections put the opposition in a difficult place, but states that it would be best for the opposition to still participate in the election. The question remains whether the elections will be free, fair, and transparent.

Jan. 26
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Regional Human Rights Organizations: Venezuela Must Respect the People’s Right to Free and Fair Elections

On January 23, Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly (ANC) approved a decree that calls for presidential elections to be held by April 30, 2018. As organizations devoted to advancing human rights in the Americas, we are profoundly concerned by the announcement, and urge Venezuela’s electoral authorities to adhere to Venezuela’s constitution and ensure the fulfillment of Venezuelans’ fundamental right to elect a president in a process that is free, fair, and transparent.

David Smilde

David Smilde

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

Geoff Ramsey

Geoff Ramsey

WOLA Assistant Director for Venezuela