Day: February 19, 2021

Stop criminalizing civil society, UN rights experts urge Venezuelan authorities 

Stop criminalizing civil society, UN rights experts urge Venezuelan authorities 

United Nations independent human rights experts called on Thursday for the authorities in Venezuela to stop “continuous and increasing” attacks and intimidation against civil society organizations and journalists in the country. Their call followed the release on 10 February of five human rights defenders and members of the non-governmental  organization (NGO) Azul Positivo, who had been detained since 12 January. …

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FARC Victims Claim Compensation from Venezuelan State Oil Company

FARC Victims Claim Compensation from Venezuelan State Oil Company

A US court case seeks to compensate victims of the FARC with assets seized from Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA, in the latest push to establish legal responsibility of entities linked to the Venezuelan state for the actions of the Colombian guerrilla group. The targeted funds include an $117 million debt owed by a New …

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Fake News in Venezuela: How the State and Social Media Promote Covid-Disinformation

Fake News in Venezuela: How the State and Social Media Promote Covid-Disinformation

This article is part of IranWire’s ongoing coverage of Covid-19 disinformation in different countries, in partnership with Health Studio. By Ximena Herrera for Health Studio At least once a day, I receive fake news through my family’s WhatsApp groups or see it on their social media posts. It’s true that social networks have become an extremely important …

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Venezuela kicks off Covid vaccine program – France 24

Venezuela kicks off Covid vaccine program

  / Live news Issued on: 18/02/2021 – 23:46Modified: 18/02/2021 – 23:44 Venezuelan airport workers place packages containing 100,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19 in a refrigerated truck at the Simon Bolivar international airport in La Guaira, Venezuela on February 13, 2021Yuri CORTEZ AFP/File Caracas (AFP) Venezuela started immunizing health care …

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Colombia is pioneering a new model for integrating migrants and refugees. Will it work? – Atlantic Council

Colombia is pioneering a new model for integrating migrants and refugees. Will it work?

Earlier this month, Colombian President Iván Duque announced that he will grant temporary protection status (Estatuto Temporal de Protección para Migrantes Venezolanos, or ETPV) to Venezuelan migrants and refugees in Colombia. The ETPV will apply to Venezuelans in Colombia who crossed the border prior to January 31, 2021 as well as those who enter Colombia …

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Venezuela’s Maduro extends ‘energy emergency’ declaration in oil sector

By Reuters Staff 1 Min Read FILE PHOTO: A state oil company PDVSA’s logo is seen at a gas station in Caracas, Venezuela May 17, 2019. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday said he had signed a decree extending an “energy emergency” declaration in the country’s oil industry for another …

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Venezuela’s largest impoverished district marks 400th anniversary with kite festival

CARACAS (Reuters) – In Venezuela’s sprawling impoverished Petare neighborhood on the east end of Caracas, dozens of children and residents flew kites to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of what was once a small village outside the capital. Petare was founded in 1621 by Spanish settlers who took advantage of the lush mountain …

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