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Online Event: Understanding the Role of the United Nations in Venezuela

August 3, 2020 • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT


Please join the CSIS Future of Venezuela Initiative for a public, virtual event to discuss the role of the United Nations (UN) in Venezuela, where Covid-19 and fuel shortages are exacerbating an already dire humanitarian situation that has caused 5.3 million people to flee. As the UN prepares to choose a new Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Venezuela, this expert panel will explore how the UN can better respond to the humanitarian situation within the country, address the Maduro regime's human rights violations, and facilitate efforts to resolve the country's ongoing political crisis.

On July 15, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a report detailing the human rights violations occurring in Venezuela. The report emphasizes the dire situation in Southern Venezuela, which has become a hub for illegal mining. More broadly, the report discusses the lack of independence in Venezuela's judiciary system, which has allowed security forces to violate human rights and carry out extrajudicial killings with impunity. The Future of Venezuela Initiative covered these issues in a recent episode of Voices of Venezuela, in which Moises interviewed Tamara Taraciuk-Broner of Human Rights Watch. 

This event is made possible by general contributions to CSIS

Moises Rendon

Moises Rendon

Former Senior Associate (Non-resident), Americas Program
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cuba and Venezuela, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Department of State

Miguel Pizarro

Commissioner for the United Nations and Humanitarian Assistance, Interim Government of Venezuela