VSC Statement on Venezuela’s Elections

Venezuela’s Presidential elections on Sunday saw Nicolas Maduro re-elected. With 92.6 percent of the votes counted, Maduro had 5.8 million votes (nearly 68%), with his closest rival, former governor Henri Falcón getting 1.8 million votes.  Two other candidates also competed. The election was observed by 150 international observers who confirmed the free and fair nature…

After Victory, Maduro Calls for Lasting Dialogue

From the balcony of the town in the Miraflores Palace, the Venezuelan president reiterated that dialogue is what the South American nation needs and not infighting. (21/05/18)   Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called for a lasting dialogue with all the country’s opposition parties and for citizens to leave behind the strife and make way for…

Venezuela: Under US attack

We should be ready for even more US hostility to Venezuela, writes FRANCISCO DOMINGUEZ (17/05/18)   Despite winning 22 of 24 elections and referendums since, presidents Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela have faced relentless US hostility and efforts towards “regime” change since 1998.   In this time, the US has substantially broadened the…

The truth about Venezuela’s elections – Tony Burke

As Venezuela heads to the polls, the international community must back democracy, peace and dialogue writes TONY BURKE (14/05/18) Presidential elections will be held in Venezuela on May 20 at the same time as municipal and regional elections. Contrary to claims from some who support Donald Trump’s “regime change” agenda in the oil-rich country that…

The US and UK should stop propping up Honduras’ Reactionary & Repressive Regime

President Trump regularly professes deep concern for democracy and human rights in Latin America, but the US’s attitude to Honduras highlights the hypocrisy of US policy in practice. (01/05/18)   Despite multiple allegations of fraud in the 2017 Honduran presidential election, Trump recognised National Party candidate Juan Orlando Hernández, a conservative US ally, as the…

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: VENEZUELA’s 2018 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS – Q&A

You can also download this document as a PDF here Who is contesting the Presidential election on May 20th? Presidential elections will be held in Venezuela on May 20th, at the same time as municipal and regional elections. The President of Venezuela is elected for a six-year term by direct election plurality voting. Five candidates have been confirmed…

VENEZUELA’s 2018 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS – Q&A

Presidential elections will be held in Venezuela on 20 May, at the same time as elections for municipal and regional legislative councils. This document answers a number of questions raised about the election and provides an overview of Venezuela’s democracy and electoral system. You can also download this document as a PDF here. Who is…

Venezuela, Spain Agree to Normalize Diplomatic Ties

Venezuela and Spain have agreed to begin the process of normalizing their diplomatic relations, Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry says, reinstating their ambassadors “in order to restore channels of diplomatic dialogue, within the framework of mutual respect and international law.” “The Kingdom of Spain through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela through the Ministry…

Jose Manuel Abreu – RIP

It is with deep regret and great respect that we mark the passing away of Maestro Jose Antonio Abreu on 26th March 2018. His humanism led him 43 years ago to create El Sistema so that children benefitted from the wonders of learning to play musical instruments as members of orchestras. The impulse given to El…

UN Human Rights Council Condemns Sanctions Against Venezuela

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has adopted a resolution proposed by the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (NAM) condemning economic sanctions against Venezuela by the United States, Canada, the European Union and their allies. The document, put forward at the UNHRC meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, on Friday, urged “states to refrain from imposing unilateral…