Restoring democracy in Venezuela

Panellists discuss a potential roadmap to help Venezuelans restore human rights and democratic processes in their country.

Research event, Webinar Recording
26 September 2022 — 5:00PM TO 6:00PM

Restoring democracy in Venezuela

— Expert panellists discuss key challenges to restoring democracy in Venezuela

In early May 2022, Chatham House convened a private workshop with diplomats, human rights groups, representatives from Venezuela and experts, under the Chatham House Rule, to discuss a potential roadmap to help Venezuelans restore fundamental human rights and democratic processes and institutions to their country.

Participants discussed the current framework of sanctions on Venezuela; possible strategies for coordination to incentivize the return of the government of Nicolás Maduro to the negotiating table; the facilitation of humanitarian assistance; scenarios for the lead-up to the 2024 elections; the domestic and international political context for these policy goals; and the diplomatic and economic resolve required – and how it might be obtained – to see these shared objectives through.

Following the meeting, Chatham House produced a summary reflecting the major points of consensus and recommendations on how democratic members of the international community can assist Venezuelans in resolving the country’s humanitarian, political and economic crises.

This Chatham House webinar explores the key findings of the meeting summary, including how to ensure better coordination among international actors, how best to approach sanctions leveraging and a potential agenda for the 2024 elections, based on the EU’s election observation report.

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