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Jun. 13
10 min read

Prologue to PROVEA’s 2017 Annual Report on the State of Human Rights in Venezuela

"The social and economic acheivements of Chavismo were undeniable. But for a progressive project to be sustainable, it has to be accompanied by recognition of and respect for the full spectrum of human rights. It is the feedback and pressure exercised by an empowered citizenship, free from fear, that can guide public policy and avoid tragedies like the one Venezuela is living today."

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The Most Realistic Path Out of Venezuela’s Crisis is Through Negotiations, and Many in the U.S. Government Know it

Venezuela hawks have applauded rhetoric from the NSC’s Juan Cruz that is supportive of a military coup in the country, but they miss a key detail: Cruz—like others in the U.S. foreign policy community—is also clear-eyed about the fact that any kind of solution to the crisis in Venezuela will…

May. 13
5 min read

Venezuela’s Forced Migration Crisis: Images and WOLA Podcast

On Friday, myself and WOLA Colombia expert Gimena Sanchez spoke with Adam Isacson for the WOLA Podcast, providing an update on our research on Venezuela's forced migration crisis. I spent all of April in Venezuela and on its borders with Brazil and Colombia, looking at the exodus of Venezuelans, the conditions that are driving so many to flee their country, and the prospects for a peaceful, democratic solution to the crisis. Gimena--who joined me in Colombia--and I are preparing a report on the humanitarian response and the difficulties faced by migrants in both countries, but in the meantime I wanted to post this podcast (audio above), along with some images from my trip (below), to share some of the human stories behind the country's crisis.

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