Venezuela: 'Civic space at risk of disappearing', civil society organizations say

"We, the Alianza Regional por la Libre Expresión e Información, Civicus, IFEX-ALC and Voces del Sur (Southern Voices), call once again for rejection of a legislative initiative that would enable criminalisation of legitimate Venezuelan civil society activities and organisations. These organisations must be protected under the right to freedom of association, which represents a key element in guaranteeing healthy civic space and discourse.


The legislative initiative grants the Executive Branch faculties to supervise, inspect, control and penalise organisations and their affiliates via legislative and oversight powers. These powers subject non-governmental organisations to the discretionary interests of the ruling government, violating their independence and autonomy."

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