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Transparencia Venezuela

national chapter of Transparency International

Transparencia Venezuela is the national chapter of Transparency International. Transparencia Venezuela is a human rights organisation dedicated to promote conditions, mechanisms and information to prevent and minimize corruption in the country by researching and analysing the national budget, public policies development, private contracts and the overall action of state offices to fight corruption. Recently, Transparencia Venezuela published an comprehensive report on the participation of Venezuelan government officials in the Odebrecht corruption scandal.


HRDs have been working under restrictive policies for many years: the Maduro administration has continued the work begun by Chávez in restricting civil space and delegitimising HRDs, repeatedly accusing them of undermining the Venezuelan democracy with the alleged collaboration of the United States. HRDs are discredited and criminalised by state-controlled media (television, radio, print media) on a weekly basis.


The authorities have systematically undermined freedom of expression, which has not only affected HRDs and other critical voices, but has also created a more restrictive media environment. Indeed, HRDs who publicly speak out about human rights violations, including at the Inter-American Court for Human Rights, have also been subjected to restrictions in the private sphere, with surveillance of their email and communication being commonplace.