Venezuela’s Humanitarian Emergency

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Report from Human Rights Watch

In January 2019, hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets, following an appeal by National Assembly president Juan Guaidó, who asked the Venezuelan people to mobilize in support of restoring constitutional order in the country. During a massive protest on January 23, Guaidó claimed that he was taking power as interim president of Venezuela and said he would call for free and fair elections. More than 50 governments have since recognized him as Venezuela’s interim president, but Nicolás Maduro continues to exercise firm control over all Venezuelan institutions, except for the opposition-controlled National Assembly.

Citation: Human Rights Watch. Venezuela’s Humanitarian Emergency: Large-Scale UN Response Needed to Address Health and Food Crises. Published April 2019. Accessed April 11, 2019.