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Find out about the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute's work in Venezuela.

Tuesday, 6 May 2008 Tuesday, 11 December 2018
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Panel Discussion: Venezuela: Distrust in Justice, 2011 Panel Discussion: Venezuela: Distrust in Justice, 2011

On 25 April 2011 the IBAHRI hosted a high-level panel discussion to launch the report of its fact-finding mission to Venezuela: Distrust in Justice: the Afiuni case and the independence of the judiciary in Venezuela at the Brazilian Bar Association (Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil - OAB) in Brasília

Monday, 25 April 2011 Monday, 23 April 2012
Syria, Venezuela and Zimbabwe: a discussion on the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law, 2011 Syria, Venezuela and Zimbabwe: a discussion on the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law, 2011

In October 2011 the IBAHRI hosted a side event at the Human Rights’ Council Universal Periodic Review. The event focused on the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law in Venezuela, Syria and Zimbabwe, three countries that were reviewed during the current Twelfth Session of the Human Rights Council’s UPR (3-14 October 2011) and where the IBAHRI has conducted missions in 2011.

Monday, 10 October 2011 Friday, 27 April 2012
Venezuela: open letter to President Hugo Chavez, 2012 Venezuela: open letter to President Hugo Chavez, 2012

On 13 February 2012 the IBAHRI wrote an open letter to President Chavez to express concern at the continued arbitrary detention of Judge María Lourdes Afiuni and the multiple violations of due process and judicial guarantees in the case.

Monday, 13 February 2012 Wednesday, 21 November 2012
IBAHRI campaign: Show your support for incarcerated Venezuelan Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni, 2012 IBAHRI campaign: Show your support for incarcerated Venezuelan Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni, 2012

In 2012 the IBAHRI has launched a campaign to galvanise support for incarcerated judge, Maria Lourdes Afiuni. Her case has become emblematic of the lack of independece of the judiciary in Venezuela.

Monday, 27 February 2012 Wednesday, 21 November 2012
Venezuela fact-finding mission, 2011 Venezuela fact-finding mission, 2011

The IBAHRI delegation visited Caracas, in February 2011 and met with a wide range of stakeholders and was able to hold a meeting with Judge Afiuni, currently under house arrest.

Saturday, 23 April 2011 Monday, 23 April 2012
Venezuela fact-finding mission 2007 Venezuela fact-finding mission 2007

Following heightened concern over the deterioration of the rule of law in Venezuela, the IBAHRI sent a fact-finding delegation to Venezuela in March 2007.

Tuesday, 1 May 2007 Monday, 23 April 2012
Venezuela fact-finding mission, 2003 Venezuela fact-finding mission, 2003

In 2003 the IBAHRI undertook a fact-finding mission to Venezuela, issuing a report entitled: Venezuelan Justice System in Crisis.

Wednesday, 23 April 2003 Monday, 23 April 2012
Peru and Venezuela fact-finding mission, 1999 Peru and Venezuela fact-finding mission, 1999

In March 1999, a delegation was sent to Peru and Venezuela to monitor and consider the perceived lack of independence felt by the judiciary.

Friday, 23 April 1999 Monday, 23 April 2012
Harassment of Judge Afiuni’s lawyers,  José Amalio Graterol and Thelma Fernandez alarming to IBAHRI  Harassment of Judge Afiuni’s lawyers, José Amalio Graterol and Thelma Fernandez alarming to IBAHRI

News release: 24 April 2012 - It has been reported that Thelma Fernandez and José Amalio Graterol, the two lawyers acting for Judge Afiuni, have, during the course of carrying out their professional duties, received threats via telephone calls and text messaging.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012 Thursday, 25 October 2012
Detention of Judge Afiuni’s lawyer, José Amalio Graterol, condemned by IBAHRI Detention of Judge Afiuni’s lawyer, José Amalio Graterol, condemned by IBAHRI

News release: 8 June 2012 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) condemns the arrest of Mr José Amalio Graterol, counsel to María Lourdes Afiuni, the Venezuelan judge suspended from the bench, incarcerated for 14 months, and under house arrest since February 2011 after releasing on bail a man who had been held in pre-trial detention for two-years without a court hearing – which is a contravention of the Venezuelan Penal Code and international law.

Friday, 8 June 2012 Thursday, 25 October 2012
Venezuela trial observation, Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni, 2012 - 2013 Venezuela trial observation, Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni, 2012 - 2013

The IBAHRI is observing the trial of Venezuela Jugde Maria Lourdes Afiuni, and the trial of her lawyer Jose Graterol. Judge Afiuni's case has become emblematic of the persecution of judges in Venezuela.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013 Monday, 12 May 2014
Failure of Venezuelan appeal court to overturn conviction of lawyer José Amalio Graterol strongly condemned by IBAHRI Failure of Venezuelan appeal court to overturn conviction of lawyer José Amalio Graterol strongly condemned by IBAHRI

News release: 22 July 2013 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) strongly condemns the Vargas State Court of Appeal’s decision to uphold the guilty verdict and six-month prison sentence meted out to the lawyer Mr José Amalio Graterol. He was convicted, in December 2012, of ‘obstruction of justice’, because he refused to represent his client in absentia in accordance with the law as it stood at the time.

Monday, 22 July 2013 Friday, 26 July 2013
Venezuela trial observation, Jose Amalio Graterol, 2012 - 2013 Venezuela trial observation, Jose Amalio Graterol, 2012 - 2013

In June 2012, José Amalio Graterol - lawyer of Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni – was arrested when he refused to continue with the trial in the absence of his client, as trials in absentia were not permitted under Venezuelan criminal law. The IBAHRI is the only international organisation to have maintained a presence at his trial.

Monday, 11 November 2013 Monday, 18 November 2013
Prosecution of Venezuelan lawyer José Amalio Graterol violates fair trial standards concludes new IBAHRI report Prosecution of Venezuelan lawyer José Amalio Graterol violates fair trial standards concludes new IBAHRI report

News release: 18 November 2013 - The prosecution of Venezuelan lawyer José Amalio Graterol was arbitrary and lacking basic due process safeguards concludes the trial observation report published today by the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) – the only international organisation to have maintained an observation at the hearings conducted between July 2012 and December 2012.

Monday, 18 November 2013 Monday, 25 November 2013
Venezuela: protests heighten concern over rule of law  Venezuela: protests heighten concern over rule of law

Venezuela is enduring the worst protests it has seen in more than a decade. What started as a mere isolated, student-led protest in early February has evolved into a widespread demonstration of discontent, highlighting the government’s failure to provide adequate security measures, basic food supplies and its mishandling of the country’s finances. The protests have drawn comparisons with the unrest that ravaged the country in 2002 and are the most serious challenge yet to the government of Nicolás Maduro.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014 Thursday, 6 March 2014
IBAHRI calls on Venezuela to respect UN Human Rights Council and fulfil its international obligations  IBAHRI calls on Venezuela to respect UN Human Rights Council and fulfil its international obligations

News release: 20 March 2014 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has called on the Venezuelan Government to respect its position on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and to fulfil its international human rights obligations. In particular, the IBAHRI urges Venezuela to conduct swift and effective investigations into the alleged human rights violations, including a growing number of reported deaths, in relation to the ongoing protests in the country.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 Thursday, 20 March 2014
Amicus Curiae, Allan Brewer-Carías v Venezuela, 2013  Amicus Curiae, Allan Brewer-Carías v Venezuela, 2013

In September 2013, thIBAHRI submitted an amicus curiae brief in the case of Allan Brewer Carías v Venezuela to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The IBAHRI amicus brief highlights the applicable international standards regarding the independence of lawyers.

Sunday, 29 September 2013 Wednesday, 2 April 2014
Urgent need for Venezuelan justice system reform is highlighted by criminal trial of Judge Afiuni states new IBAHRI report  Urgent need for Venezuelan justice system reform is highlighted by criminal trial of Judge Afiuni states new IBAHRI report

News release: 29 April 2014 - A new report states the Venezuelan justice system does not contain adequate systemic safeguards to guarantee judicial independence and cites the trial of Judge María Lourdes Afiuni as emblematic of the situation in general. Describing her trial as being characterised by multiple violations of due process and other human rights, the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute(IBAHRI) points to an urgent need forreform of the Venezuelan judiciary.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 Thursday, 8 May 2014
Geneva: UN Special Rapporteur to discuss rule of law in Venezuela at IBAHRI/ICJ event Geneva: UN Special Rapporteur to discuss rule of law in Venezuela at IBAHRI/ICJ event

News release: 10 June 2014 - Gabriela Knaul and Pedro Nikken, the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers; and Venezuelan lawyer and former President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, respectively, will, during the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council taking place in Geneva, discuss the challenges facing the rule of law in Venezuela today.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 Wednesday, 11 June 2014
IBAHRI-ICJ list of issues submission on Venezuela to UN Human Rights Committee IBAHRI-ICJ list of issues submission on Venezuela to UN Human Rights Committee

On 25 July 2014, the IBAHRI and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) made a joint-submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) on a list of issues for the examination of the Fourth Periodic Report of Venezuela.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 Wednesday, 30 July 2014
IBAHRI expresses grave concern at arrests and further deterioration of rule of law in Venezuela IBAHRI expresses grave concern at arrests and further deterioration of rule of law in Venezuela

News Release: Wednesday, 18 February 2015 - The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) expresses grave concern at the deteriorating rule of law situation in Venezuela, where a growing number of arrests of legal practitioners have recently taken place, including that of Judge Alí Fabricio Paredes and lawyer Tadeo Arriechi Franco.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 Wednesday, 18 February 2015
IBAHRI calls for the immediate release of Venezuelan lawyer Tadeo Arrieche Franco IBAHRI calls for the immediate release of Venezuelan lawyer Tadeo Arrieche Franco

News release: Thursday 7 May 2015. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to release immediately the lawyer Tadeo Arrieche Franco, and to drop all charges against him.

Thursday, 7 May 2015 Thursday, 7 May 2015
El IBAHRI exige la liberación inmediata del abogado venezolano Tadeo Arrieche Franco El IBAHRI exige la liberación inmediata del abogado venezolano Tadeo Arrieche Franco

Reporte de prensa: 7 de mayo de 2015. El International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute [Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la Asociación Internacional de Abogados] (IBAHRI) exige a las autoridades de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela la liberación inmediata del abogado Tadeo Arrieche Franco y que retire los cargos en su contra.

Thursday, 7 May 2015 Thursday, 7 May 2015
Joint submission to the UN Human Rights Committee on Venezuela's compliance with the ICCPR Joint submission to the UN Human Rights Committee on Venezuela's compliance with the ICCPR

On 4 June 2015, the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), the International Association of Judges (IAJ) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) submitted their shadow report to the UN Human Rights Committee on Venezuela's compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ahead of the Committee's 114th session from 29 June to 24 July 2015.

Thursday, 4 June 2015 Tuesday, 9 June 2015
Informe alternativo al Comité de Derechos Humanos de la ONU sobre el cumplimiento de Venezuela con el ICCPR Informe alternativo al Comité de Derechos Humanos de la ONU sobre el cumplimiento de Venezuela con el ICCPR

El 29 de junio de 2015 el International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute [Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la Asociación Internacional de Abogados] (IBAHRI), la Comisión Internacional de Juristas y la Unión Internacional de Magistrados presentaron su informe alternativo al Comité de Derechos Humanos de la ONU sobre el cumplimiento de Venezuela con el Pacto Internacional de Derechos Civiles y Politicos para el Cuarto Informe Periódico de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela.

Thursday, 4 June 2015 Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Hear civil society reactions to the review of Venezuela by the UN Human Rights Committee Hear civil society reactions to the review of Venezuela by the UN Human Rights Committee

Prominent Venezuelan human rights defenders are to share their perspectives and reactions following the UN Human Rights Committee review of Venezuela's compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is co-hosting this event, which will take place in Geneva after the UN Human Rights Committee review.

Thursday, 25 June 2015 Thursday, 25 June 2015
Escuche reacciones de la sociedad civil a la revisión de Venezuela por el Comité de Derechos Humanos de la ONU Escuche reacciones de la sociedad civil a la revisión de Venezuela por el Comité de Derechos Humanos de la ONU

Distinguidos defensores de derechos humanos en Venezuela compartirán sus puntos de vista y reacciones a la revisión del Comité de Derechos Humanos de la ONU en cuanto al cumplimiento de Venezuela con el Pacto Internacional de Derechos Civiles y Políticos. El International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute [Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la Asociación Internacional de Abogados] (IBAHRI) es co-anfitrión de este evento, que tendrá lugar en Ginebra después de la revisión del Comité de Derechos Humanos.

Thursday, 25 June 2015 Thursday, 25 June 2015
Public Statement: Human Rights in Venezuela Before the United Nations Human Rights Committee Public Statement: Human Rights in Venezuela Before the United Nations Human Rights Committee

Today, Venezuela will appear before the UN Human Rights Committee, which will review its compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. IBAHRI and the other signatories to this public statement are all organisations that have submitted information to the Committee showing that, despite some progress in reforming the law, Venezuela has not fulfilled its obligation to protect civil and political rights and that grave human rights violations continue to be committed.

Monday, 29 June 2015 Monday, 29 June 2015
Declaración Pública: Los derechos humanos en Venezuela ante el Comité de Derechos Humanos de Naciones Unidas  Declaración Pública: Los derechos humanos en Venezuela ante el Comité de Derechos Humanos de Naciones Unidas

Venezuela comparece hoy ante el Comité de Derechos Humanos de Naciones Unidas, el cual revisará el cumplimiento por parte del Estado venezolano del Pacto Internacional de Derechos Civiles y Políticos. Las organizaciones firmantes presentaron información a este Comité que evidencia como a pesar de algunas reformas y avances legislativos, el Estado no ha cumplido con su obligación jurídica internacional de proteger los derechos civiles y políticos y se siguen cometiendo graves violaciones a los DDHH.

Monday, 29 June 2015 Monday, 29 June 2015
IBAHRI appeals to the Venezuelan authorities to immediately investigate renewed torture and rape allegations by Judge Afiuni IBAHRI appeals to the Venezuelan authorities to immediately investigate renewed torture and rape allegations by Judge Afiuni

News release: Tuesday, 14 July 2015. The IBAHRI is deeply concerned by the renewed allegations oftorture and rape, made by Judge María Lourdes Afiuni at her trial hearing in Caracas on 30th June regarding the treatment she was subjected to whilst in detention in 2010. Judge Afiuni’s declaration came in response to the public denial made by Venezuelan Attorney General Luiza Ortega Díaz, before the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva the previous day, that she had been the victim of torture.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 Wednesday, 15 July 2015
El IBAHRI insta a las autoridades venezolanas a que investiguen las alegaciones de la jueza Afiuni de que fue víctima de tortura El IBAHRI insta a las autoridades venezolanas a que investiguen las alegaciones de la jueza Afiuni de que fue víctima de tortura

Comunicado de prensa: martes 14 de julio 2015. El International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute [Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la Asociación Internacional de Abogados, o IBAHRI] ve con preocupación las reiteradas omisiones de las autoridades venezolanas en investigar las alegaciones de la jueza María Lourdes Afiuni de que fue víctima de torturas y violación mientras estuvo en prisión. El IBAHRI insta a las autoridades venezolanas a que investiguen inmediatamente dichas alegaciones.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 Wednesday, 15 July 2015
IBAHRI greatly concerned as Venezuela continues to target lawyers and human rights defenders IBAHRI greatly concerned as Venezuela continues to target lawyers and human rights defenders

News Release: Wednesday 5 August 2015. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) is gravely concerned at the ongoing targeting of lawyers and human rights defenders in Venezuela. The public call made by the President of the National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, for the imprisonment of Judge María Lourdes Afiuni’s defence lawyers exemplifies a worrying trend.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015 Tuesday, 4 August 2015
Extrema preocupación del IBAHRI por la continua persecución de abogados y defensores de los derechos humanos en Venezuela Extrema preocupación del IBAHRI por la continua persecución de abogados y defensores de los derechos humanos en Venezuela

Comunicado de prensa: miércoles 5 de agosto de 2015. El International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute [o IBAHRI] expresa su profunda preocupación por la persecución que sufren los abogados y defensores de los derechos humanos en Venezuela. El pedido público realizado por el presidente de la Asamblea Nacional, Diosdado Cabello, para que se encarcelara a los abogados defensores de la jueza María Lourdes Afiuni es un ejemplo de una tendencia preocupante.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015 Tuesday, 4 August 2015
IBAHRI calls for Venezuela’s National Assembly to halt moves to pack Supreme Court with political appointees IBAHRI calls for Venezuela’s National Assembly to halt moves to pack Supreme Court with political appointees

News Release: Friday, 18 December 2015. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) today called for Venezuela’s National Assembly – the legislative branch of the Venezuelan government – to block moves to pack the Supreme Court (Tribunal Supremo de Justicia) with political appointees.

Friday, 18 December 2015 Friday, 18 December 2015
IBAHRI exhorta a la AN de Venezuela a detener movimientos para cubrir el Tribunal Supremo con designaciones políticas IBAHRI exhorta a la AN de Venezuela a detener movimientos para cubrir el Tribunal Supremo con designaciones políticas

Comunicado de prensa: viernes, 18 de deciembre. El International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute [Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la Asociación Internacional de Abogados o IBAHRI] exhortó hoy a la Asamblea Nacional de Venezuela —el poder legislativo del Estado venezolano— a bloquear los movimientos para ocupar los cargos del Tribunal Supremo de Justicia con designaciones políticas.

Thursday, 17 December 2015 Friday, 18 December 2015
IBAHRI submits joint shadow report to Venezuela’s Universal Periodic Review IBAHRI submits joint shadow report to Venezuela’s Universal Periodic Review

As part of Venezuela’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR), the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has submitted a joint shadow report, in partnership with the International Association of Judges’ Ibero-American group and the International Commission of Jurists.

Thursday, 31 March 2016 Thursday, 31 March 2016
IBAHRI concerned by harassment of lawyer Juan Carlos Gutiérrez in Venezuela IBAHRI concerned by harassment of lawyer Juan Carlos Gutiérrez in Venezuela

News release: Thursday 5 May 2016. The alleged ongoing harassment of Juan Carlos Gutiérrez in Venezuela as he carries out his professional duties as defence lawyer for Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López is of great concern to the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI).

Tuesday, 3 May 2016 Thursday, 5 May 2016
Venezuela: Currency crisis brings economy to standstill  Venezuela: Currency crisis brings economy to standstill

At the end of 2016, President of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro announced the withdrawal from circulation of the 100-bolívar note – Venezuela’s highest form of currency, which has accounted for as much as 48 per cent of all paper money in the country. The decision has pushed the country further into a humanitarian disaster.

Monday, 27 March 2017 Monday, 3 April 2017
IBAHRI calls on Venezuelan government to respect and protect human rights IBAHRI calls on Venezuelan government to respect and protect human rights

News release: Friday 28 July 2017. As the political crisis deepens in Venezuela, the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls on the country's government to protect human rights and the independence of the judiciary, maintain the rule of law and ensure all in Venezuela have equal access to justice.

Friday, 28 July 2017 Friday, 28 July 2017
IBAHRI pide al gobierno venezolano que respete y proteja los derechos humanos IBAHRI pide al gobierno venezolano que respete y proteja los derechos humanos

Comunicado de prensa: viernes 28 de julio de 2017. A medida que se profundiza la crisis política en Venezuela, el International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute [Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la Asociación Internacional de Abogados o IBAHRI] pide al gobierno venezolano que proteja los derechos humanos y la independencia del poder judicial, mantenga el estado de derecho y garantice acceso a la justicia a todos los venezolanos.

Friday, 28 July 2017 Friday, 28 July 2017
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La carta abierta a Nicolás Maduro Moros, Presidente de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela  La carta abierta a Nicolás Maduro Moros, Presidente de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela

Exhortamos a las autoridades judiciales venezolanas a absolver inmediatamente a la Juez Afiuni de todos los cargos se le imputan, y a proporcionarle una reparación efectiva, pronta y adecuada.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 Monday, 17 December 2018
IBAHRI open letter to Nicolás Maduro Moros, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela IBAHRI open letter to Nicolás Maduro Moros, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

IBAHRI open letter to Nicolás Maduro Moros, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (English). the IBAHRI urges Venezuelan judicial authorities to immediately acquit Judge Afiuni of all charges and to provide her with effective, adequate and prompt
reparations. The IBAHRI also calls on Your Excellency’s Government to adopt all the
legislative, administrative, judicial and other measures that are necessary

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 Monday, 17 December 2018