All Content: Venezuela

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Holds First Ever Hearing on Drug Policy

News
On March 25, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights held its first ever hearing to analyze the impact of current drug policy on human rights.

Histórica audiencia sobre políticas de drogas en la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH)

Audiencia será llevada a cabo el martes 25 de marzo a las 2 p.m. EST
News
Por primera vez, la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) llevará a cabo una audiencia sobre daños causados por las políticas de drogas.

Bullets from Brazil: Growing Military Industrialism in Latin America

Analysis & Commentary
Latin America has developed a substantial indigenous defense industry able to market its products beyond the Western Hemisphere and across the globe. This has raised a number of issues about who the end users of the weapons are, the impact of the weapons on regional stability, and their potential for abuse.

Q&A: Understanding Venezuela’s Protests

WOLA's David Smilde Explains the Ongoing Protests
Analysis & Commentary
In this Q&A, WOLA Senior Fellow sheds light on the ongoing protests in Venezuela and dispels common misconceptions.

Venezuela: Discussing the Protest Movement and Memorializing Chavez

Latin Pulse interview with David Smilde
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA's David Smilde speaks to Rick Rockwell of Latin Pulse, explaining the current protests in Venezuela.

One Year After Chávez: Venezuela, Chavismo, and Democracy

Video
In this taped event, WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde discusses recent violence in Venezuela, the country one year after the death of President Hugo Chavez, and what the future holds for the Andean nation.

WOLA Urges Openness to Dialogue amid Venezuela Protests

Calls on Government and Protestors Alike to Exercise Restraint
Analysis & Commentary
Recent protests have spurred violence in Venezuela; restraint is needed from all parties.

WOLA Blog: "Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights"

A unique resource for journalists, policymakers, scholars, activists, and others interested in understanding Venezuelan politics and human rights.
Analysis & Commentary
The contributors to the blog, including WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde, provide insights on Venezuela’s politics that go beyond the polarized pro-Chávez/anti-Chávez debate as developments unfold.

WOLA Talks to NPR's "Morning Edition" About Venezuela's Department of Happiness

Analysis & Commentary
In an interview with NPR's Morning Edition, WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde discusses Venezuela's Department of Happiness, noting that many Venezuelans are concerned by it.

Venezuela's Maduro Declares 'Great Victory' After Elections

In an interview with NPR, David Smilde discusses Maduro's economic war, noting that opposition candidates lacked a clear discourse on how they would improve the economy.
Analysis & Commentary
Following Venezuela's recent elections, President Nicolas Maduro pledged to deepen the socialist revolution and increase government control over the economy. WOLA's David Smilde talks with NPR's John Otis to discuss the effects of this strategy.

Venezuela Approaches Municipal Elections that Carry National Significance

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News
Sunday's municipal elections will be a barometer for Maduro's popularity, seven months into his presidency.

Washingtonian Magazine Names WOLA as One of DC's "50 Great Places to Work"

Analysis & Commentary
In the non-profit sector today, having good intentions simply isn’t enough. Organizations must be well-managed to be effective. We believe that promoting human rights and social justice in Latin America is of critical importance, and we work hard to ensure that WOLA is sustainably and efficiently run in order to have the greatest impact possible.

Venezuela Q&A: What is Maduro's "War against Speculation"?

WOLA's Smilde answers questions on the Venezuelan president's new "war on speculation" and what it means for the country.
Analysis & Commentary

Militaries as Police

A conversation with Sarah Kinosian of the Center for International Policy
Publication
Militaries are getting involved in policing throughout Latin America. Adam talks to Sarah Kinosian of the Center for International Policy, who wrote a series of posts to the Just the Facts blog documenting this trend in Guatemala, Honduras, and Venezuela.

Post-Chávez Venezuela: Aftermath and Implications of the April 14 Elections

Video
WOLA's David Smilde spoke on Venezuela's future and the implications of the recent presidential elections. Please click here to view the video of the event.

Time for Statesmanship

Analysis & Commentary
As rhetoric in Venezuela turns heated, WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde calls for statesmanship.

Q & A on Venezuela's Electoral Stalemate

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Fellow David Smilde, moderator of the Venezuela Politics and Human Rights blog and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Georgia, provides expert answers to most pressing questions following Sunday's presidential election in Venezuela.

Assessing Venezuela’s Electoral Playing Field—Part One

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Senior Fellow addresses questions about Venezuela's electoral playing field.