Intimidation Undermines Independent Oversight
International rights groups issued a joint statement on 7 April 2015 condemning the harassment and intimidation of human rights defenders in Venezuela.
Human rights defenders in the South American country face severe harassment and public threats by government officials in retaliation for documenting and reporting on rights violations, and for resorting to international systems for the protection of human rights.
As recently as 27 March 2015, Front Line Defenders published reports from a number of prominent rights activists, who claimed to have been intimidated and followed upon returning to Venezuela from the United States. The human rights defenders were attending the 154th period of sessions at the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR), which took place from 16 to 23 March 2015.
Read the full statement from the international rights groups below: