WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

Human Rights and the Changing Colombia-Venezuela Relationship

2:30 PM-4:00 PM EST Tuesday, 18 October 2022

(AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

Please join The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) for an upcoming presentation of Socorro Ramírez and Ligia Bolívar’s new book “Colombia-Venezuela: Balances y retos” that analyzes human rights at the Colombia-Venezuela border

In recent years, tensions between Colombian and Venezuelan governments have necessitated multiple joint efforts designed to better understand the complex relationship between the two countries. To address these tensions, the binational network Colombia-Venezuela Citizen Bridges (Puentes Ciudadanos Colombia-Venezuela, PCCV) emerged in November 2019 as the result of a call for Colombian-Venezuelan citizen convergence. It serves as a continual platform for binational dialogue among civil society actors, aimed at analyzing the situation and strengthening positive links between both countries. 

In this context, Socorro Ramírez and Ligia Bolívar’s new book “Colombia-Venezuela: Balances y retos” synthesizes the analyses and proposals that emerged in these binational sessions promoted by PCCV from September 2019 to June 2022. The book classifies five key areas that have articulated nearly three years of intense activity: 1) crisis and solutions to the Venezuelan situation, 2) armed conflict and peace building in Colombia, 3) exodus from Venezuela and reception of those who remain in Colombia, 4) Colombian-Venezuelan border articulation and its problems, 5) reconstruction of the relationship and binational institutionality. 

After the presentation of Socorro Ramírez and Ligia Bolívar’s book, Clara Ramírez of the Venezuelan human rights organization Fundaredes will offer commentary on the Colombia-Venezuela border and relations from her perspective after working to defend human rights on the border. Fundaredes has extensively documented the presence of armed groups in Venezuela, as well as cases of grave human rights violations committed by state security forces. The organization’s director, Javier Tarazona, has been arbitrarily detained since July 2021 and is widely recognized as a prisoner of conscience.

We hope you will join us!


Event Details 

Tuesday, October 18th, 2022 

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM EST

Washington, D.C.  

Please register by clicking here

Simultaneous interpretation in English and Spanish will be available on Zoom.



Socorro Ramírez

Professor at the Institute for Political Studies and International Relations of Universidad Nacional in Colombia

Member of Colombia-Venezuela Citizen Bridges (PCCV


Ligia Bolívar

Coordinator of Alerta Venezuela
Researcher at the  Center for Human Rights of Andrés Bello Catholic University in Venezuela (CDH-UCAB)



Clara Ramírez 

Coordinator of Documentation and Human Rights for Fundaredes 



Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli

Director for the Andes

Washington Office on Latin America