11.30.2015
By Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
Venezuelan election at a time of human rights concerns

VENEZUELAN ELECTIONS AT A TIME OF HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERNS

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30
2:00PM-3:00PM
RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING, ROOM 385

Panel:

Miriam Kornblith, Senior Director, Latin America and the Caribbean, National Endowment for Democracy

Jose Miguel Vivanco, Executive Director, Americas Division, Human Rights Watch

Santiago A. Canton, Executive Director, RFK Partners for Human Rights, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights 

Moderator: Russ Dallen, Editor-in-Chief, Latin American Herald Tribune

Hosted by:

The Senate Human Rights Caucus
Co-Chairs Senator Chris Coons and Senator Mark Kirk

The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
Co-Chairs Congressman Joe Pitts and Congressman Jim McGovern

In recent years Venezuela has experienced escalating political turmoil and severe economic crises under the leadership of President Nicolás Maduro.  High inflation rates, cuts in public services, and the breakdown in protection of due process have set the stage for contentious legislative elections on December 6, 2015.  Poll numbers increasingly indicate grassroots support for opposition parties.  Merely having elections is insufficient.  The elections should proceed freely, fairly, and without violence.  Expert panelists will discuss what the international community should look for as elections move forward. Panelists will also examine the Venezuelan National Electoral Council’s (CNE) capacity to administer free and fair elections, prevent corruption, and remain independent from the influence of political forces.