All Content: Venezuela

What Does the Future Hold for 'Chavismo' in Venezuela?

Analysis & Commentary
In Venezuela, the Maduro government faces three possible futures. It can: change its economic policies, be voted out of power over the coming years, or become significantly less democratic.

Women, Drug Policies, and Incarceration in the Americas

A Joint Project to Promote More Humane and Effective Policies
Analysis & Commentary
In collaboration with gender and human rights organizations from throughout the world, IDPC, Dejusticia and WOLA have convened a group of leading experts to address the harmful effects of incarceration on women in the Americas.

What's Next for Venezuela?

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Now that the Venezuelan opposition has won a two-thirds majority in the National Assembly, major changes are on the horizon. Will the opposition push for a recall referendum of President Nicolas Maduro? How might the government try to work around the opposition? Can both sides come together to address the country's biggest issues?

Experts Weigh In: What Will the Legislative Election Results Hold for Venezuela’s Future?

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WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde and Venezuelan pollster and political analyst Luis Vicente León take a look at what Venezuela's legislative elections could mean for the country’s polarized political climate.

Venezuela: Post-Election Analysis

Press Conference Call on Monday, December 7 at 11:00a.m. EST
News
Join experts from the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) for a discussion and Q&A on the Venezuelan legislative elections and the potential scenerios moving forward.

Statement on Upcoming Venezuelan Elections

Call for a Robust UNASUR Electoral Mission to Venezuela
News
Venezuela is headed to legislative elections on December 6, which is seen as a crucial moment in the country.

Venezuelan Elections Briefing: Arbiters and Overseers

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde looks at the social and political actors watching over Venezuela's high-stakes elections in the second part of a briefing on the December 6th legislative elections.

Venezuela's High-Stakes Legislative Elections: The December 6 Vote and What Comes Next

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In this taped event from November 9, 2015, the Brookings Institution and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) hosted a discussion on Venezuela’s December 6 legislative elections and what they mean for the country’s future.

The Impact of Drug Policy on Human Rights in the Americas

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Drug policy reformers from throughout the hemisphere present on how drug policies have violated human rights.

WOLA Deplores Venezuelan Court's Conviction and Sentencing of Leopoldo López

News
Yesterday, Venezuelan opposition politician Leopoldo López was sentenced to nearly 14 years in prison for allegedly inciting violence as part of anti-government protests last year.

The Colombia-Venezuela Border Crisis Must Be Resolved Respecting Human Rights

Analysis & Commentary
To address their border dispute, Venezuela and Colombia need to sit down and figure out how to resolve their issues without xenophobia or hostile rhetoric, in a responsible manner that targets the real problems.

The Impact of Drug Policy on Human Rights

The Experience in the Americas
Publication
This joint report analyzes the effects of drug policy in the Americas, including the militarization of law enforcement, the criminalization of consumption, the weakening of due process guarantees, mass incarceration, disproportionate penalties, and restrictions on access to health care.

Is There an Opening for International Observation of Venezuela’s Legislative Election?

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde takes a look

Women Across the Americas Incarcerated for Minor, Non-Violent, Drug-Related Crimes at an Alarming Rate

Photo Essay and Website Shed New Light on the Societal Cost of Failed Policies
News
Today, the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC), and the Center for Law, Justice and Society (Dejusticia) announce the launch of a new investigative website and photo essay to shed light on the human and societal cost of current drug policies in the Americas.

The Study of Safe and Inclusive Cities in Latin America

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On May 14, WOLA and AU hosted a panel discussion on conceptual and methodological advances in research addressing pressing urban issues in Latin America.

Strengthening Multilateral Defense of Human Rights in the Americas

Analysis & Commentary
At this year's Summit of the Americas, member countries should work for a resolution to the political crisis in Venezuela alongside an end to U.S. sanctions on the country.

A Historic Summit of the Americas

Cuba Participation and New Prospects for U.S. Engagement with the Region
News
The upcoming Summit of the Americas will be the first such gathering attended by the government of Cuba, and presents new opportunities for the future of U.S.-Latin American relations.

Executive Order on Venezuela: WOLA's Response

David Smilde offers his take on the new sanctions against Venezuelan officials
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WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde responds to the March 9 Executive Order implementing and expanding targeted U.S. sanctions on seven Venezuelan individuals.

UNASUR Mission to Venezuela Must Call for Respect for Human Rights, Promote Dialogue

WOLA joins 32 regional organizations in highlighting recommendations for the upcoming visit by UNASUR ministers
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In a letter to the foreign ministers of Colombia, Brazil, and Ecuador, WOLA joins 32 other NGOs in calling on the upcoming UNASUR delegation to promote inclusive dialogue and call for the respect of human rights.

UNASUR Mission to Venezuela Must Call for Respect for Human Rights, Promote Dialogue

Letter from 33 regional organizations outlines recommendations for UNASUR mission and work plan
Analysis & Commentary
In a letter to the foreign ministers of Colombia, Brazil, and Ecuador, WOLA joins with 32 other NGOs in calling on the upcoming UNASUR delegation to promote inclusive dialogue and call for the respect of human rights.