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In response to Venezuelan electoral officials suspending a referendum to unseat President Nicolas Maduro, Freedom House issued a statement.
The Venezuelan government continues its harrassment and persecution of opposition leader Lester Toledo with his most recent arrest.
The Venezuelan government is taking new measures against opposition leaders in advance of an anti-government protest scheduled for September 1.
Security forces in Venezuela have detained independent journalists Román Camacho, Josselyn Torres and Darvinson Rojas.
Freedom House helps citizens defend their rights against government abuses in several countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.