The environment for the exercise of the right to defend, promote and demand human rights is more adverse with the passing of the days. As aggressions and threats worsen and increase, and as the socio-political environment makes it easier for the responsible actors to carry out the attacks, the levels of risk for those who carry out these activities increase.
The 48 events recorded during the month of May were characterized by:
INCREASING RESTRICTIONS TO CIVIC AND DEMOCRATIC SPACE A THREAT TO THE DEFENSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS
The State increases its efforts to obstruct and limit the work of human rights and humanitarian organizations, under the logic of the internal enemy, it is persecuted and attacked, with the intention of inhibiting civil society from continuing its work by virtue of the protection of the right to a dignified life and the demand for due compliance with its international obligations.
Threats of prosecution, investigation and detention, protected by the application of normative instruments created in order to obstruct the defense and demand of rights and to promote the criminalization and control of organizations, are increasing, evidencing that defending human rights in Venezuela is constituted as risky work.
The events described are of great concern since stigmatization speeches and calls for criminalization derive more frequently in the materialization of threats and violent acts against human rights defenders and organizations, increasing the levels of risk due to the exercise of their work.
Therefore, given the deepening of the Criminalization Policy, we urge the State to immediately cease actions aimed at limiting and affecting the defense and demand of human rights and humanitarian action, since these are internationally recognized and protected rights.
MODIFICATIONS TO ADMINISTRATIVE PROVIDENCE 001 CONTINUE TO BE A TOOL TO RESTRICT AND CONTROL CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS
The normative instrument was reformed and contains some modifications, in which the provisions of the original text that established the disclosure to the registry of information on the beneficiaries of the organizations are excluded, as well as the suppression of the deadlines originally established to proceed with the registration and to obtain credentials. However, the provisions relating to the control and regulation of non-governmental organizations remain in force, particularly in the area of international cooperation, be it technical or financial. Therefore, the substantive aspects related to criminalization, control and limitation remain.
We recall that this new instrument is part of a legal framework established as part of the actions aimed at reducing the Civic and Democratic Space, and that the intention of the State continues to be aimed at controlling and restricting the work of organizations. Under an apparent legal mantle, the state representation takes actions to close the operational spaces of the organizations, establishing new requirements in an ambiguous and arbitrary way, for their full legal operation.