Venezuela’s democratic institutions have deteriorated since 1999, but conditions have grown sharply worse in recent years due to the continued concentration of power in the executive and harsher crackdowns on the opposition. The authorities have closed off virtually all channels for political dissent, restricting civil liberties and prosecuting perceived opponents without regard for due process. The country’s severe humanitarian crisis has left millions struggling to meet basic needs, and driven mass emigration. Government corruption is pervasive, and law enforcement has proven unable to halt violent crime.
Our Work in Venezuela
In the face of heightened repression of human rights activists, widespread media censorship, and a critical humanitarian crisis, Freedom House supports Venezuelan organizations to serve as effective human rights watchdogs, to sustain and strengthen domestic independent media, and to raise awareness of Venezuela’s complex crisis at the international level, including the United Nations.
To learn more about Freedom House's work in the region, visit our Latin America and the Caribbean programs page.
Freedom in the World — Venezuela Country Report
Venezuela is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2021, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.
Freedom on the Net— Venezuela Country Report
Venezuela is rated Not Free in Freedom on the Net, Freedom House's comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe.
Video: Venezuelans Demand Freedom
Freedom House calls on Venezuela to end killings and violence against protesters, release all political prisoners, respect human rights, hold immediate free general elections, and uphold both the rule of law and the separation of powers.
Venezuela: UN Fact-Finding Mission Underscores Grave and Persistent Rights Abuses
March 11, 2021
Venezuela: Maduro Must Implement UN Recommendations on Protecting Human Rights
March 3, 2021
Standing in Solidarity with Venezuelan Human Rights Defenders
February 5, 2021
Report: Digital Election Interference Widespread in Countries Across the Democratic Spectrum
December 7, 2020
Pandemic and Persecution in Venezuela
August 31, 2020
United States: New Travel Bans Do Not Serve American Interests
February 2, 2020
Venezuela: Maduro Power Grab at National Assembly Must Be Condemned
January 5, 2020
Venezuela Does Not Belong on the UN Human Rights Council
October 17, 2019
Freedom House Applauds Formation of UN Commission to Investigate Human Rights Abuses in Venezuela
September 26, 2019
Venezuela: Will of People Demanding Democracy Must Be Respected
April 29, 2019
Crisis in Venezuela: ‘Right Now We’re Trying to Save Lives’
March 11, 2019
A Change in Strategy Has Helped Venezuela’s Opposition Gain Traction
February 19, 2019
Venezuela: Maduro Looks to ‘Sham’ Re-Election
May 17, 2018
This Year’s Potemkin Elections Are an Ill Omen for Global Democracy
May 9, 2018