Venezuela’s democratic institutions have been deteriorating since 1999, but conditions have grown sharply worse in recent years due to harsher government crackdowns on the opposition and the ruling party’s use of thoroughly flawed elections to seize full control of state institutions. The authorities have closed off virtually all channels for political dissent, restricting civil liberties and prosecuting perceived opponents without regard for due process. Although the country’s economy has returned to growth after years of recession, a severe, politically driven humanitarian crisis continues to cause hardship and stimulate mass emigration.
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.
Report: Visible and Invisible Bars
Visible and Invisible Bars, a report from Free Them All: The Fred Hiatt Program to Free Political Prisoners, draws attention to both the impact of political imprisonment and the consequences of civil death in Venezuela and five other countries.
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.
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.
Silenced in Prison, Repressed Outside: Damage Done by Political Imprisonment and “Civil Death”
January 25, 2024
Projecting Freedom: Rebellion and Revolution at the Movies
July 13, 2023
NEW REPORT: Freedom in the Americas Declined in 2022, Nicaragua Receives Largest Score Decrease in Region
March 9, 2023
Venezuela: UN Human Rights Council Should Renew Experts’ Mandate
August 17, 2022
De pie por los derechos humanos
March 10, 2022
A Stand for Human Rights
March 10, 2022
Throwing the Book at Civil Society: Antidemocratic Regimes in the Americas Are Using the Law to Narrow Civic Spaces
December 15, 2021
Venezuela: ICC Investigation Sends Strong Message to Human Rights Abusers in Latin America
November 5, 2021
Venezuelan Authorities Must Free Human Rights Defender Orlando Moreno
April 27, 2021
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