Political Persecution in Venezuela: Photo Exhibition + Panel

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Freedom House

1850 M Street Northwest

#Floor 11

Washington, DC 20036

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Join Freedom House and Venezuelan activists from Foro Penal, Un Mundo Sin Mordaza, and Defiende Venezuela for a photo exhibition and panel.

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Join Freedom House and Venezuelan human rights defenders from Defiende Venezuela, Un Mundo Sin Mordaza, and Foro Penal, for a special photo exhibition and panel shedding light on the human rights emergency currently unfolding in Venezuela.

Opening remarks will be delivered by Freedom House President Michael J. Abramowitz and the event will be moderated by Deborah Ullmer, the Regional Director for Freedom House’s Latin America and the Caribbean programs.

A light lunch will be provided.

Photo Exhibition: Victims of the Dictatorship in Venezuela

Presented by Juan Rodrigo Diamanti, President of Un Mundo Sin Mordaza, an organization that promotes human rights, artistic expression, and freedom from authoritarian rule in Venezuela. The 50 images that make up the gallery depict the toll of humanitarian and human rights emergencies on the Venezuelan people, as captured by local and international photojournalists. They portray a Venezuelan reality of street protests, episodes of violence and political persecution, the migration crisis, food shortages, blackouts, hunger, and disease.

The exhibition not only offers a window into the challenging conditions in Venezuela, but also serves as a tribute to the photographers who, often risking violence and repression themselves, champion truth and free expression with their cameras, to ensure that these realities do not go unnoticed.

The importance of this gallery lies not only in documenting the daily struggles Venezuelans confront, but also in its potential to raise awareness within the international community about the critical situation in Venezuela—the absence of basic services and fundamental rights, as well as the urgent need for a peaceful and democratic resolution to the country’s crisis.

Panelists:

Precautionary Measures for the Protection of Members of the National Assembly in Venezuela

Génesis Dávila – Executive Director, Defiende Venezuela, an organization that processes human rights cases and raises awareness of the Inter-American Human Rights system.

Systematic Patterns of Political Persecution

Alfredo Romero – Executive Director, Foro Penal Venezuela, an organization that utilizes its network of lawyers and human rights defenders to provide pro-bono legal protection for victims of arbitrary detentions.

Issues of Freedom Of Speech in Venezuela

Edison Lanza – Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression

IMPORTANT NOTES FOR GUESTS:

  • This event is by invitation-only, and invitations are nontransferable.
  • Please bring a valid form of identification to present upon your arrival at the check-in table. As space is limited and there is a maximum capacity for this event, we kindly request that guests arrive 15 minutes early to allow for check in. 
  • We will have translation services available. Please use the "Add-Ons" section of this registration page to indicate if you will require English-Spanish or Spanish-English simultaneous interpretation service or devices.

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1850 M Street Northwest

#Floor 11

Washington, DC 20036

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