Venezuelan opposition rallies in favor of the humanitarian aid to be delivered on the next few days at several border crossings.  Caracas, Venezuela. 12 February 2019. Editorial credit: Ruben Alfonzo /


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 2021

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.

In the high-stakes battle between states and technology companies, the rights of internet users have become the main casualties. Illustration by Mitch Blunt

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.

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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.

News & Perspectives on Venezuela

Pandemic and Persecution in Venezuela


August 31, 2020