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Rigoberto Lobo

We were born as an act of stubbornness, of resistance to not migrating from our natural space, from which the government was pushing us to leave, and continues to do so.

Rigoberto Lobo is an activist and human rights defender, whose career began in the 2014 protests in Venezuela - when he began to attend to people injured by government repression. His work has focused on providing accompaniment and protection to victims, as well as academic work linked to the defence of human rights. In 2016 he founded the organisation Promoción, Educación y Defensa en Derechos Humanos (PROMEDEHUM), which focuses on the defence of the right to peaceful assembly and association.

Rigoberto Lobo Puentes has been the target of police harassment, intimidation and anonymous threats against him and members of his family, as well as digital attacks due to his work as a human rights defender.

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.