Protecting the Right to Life in Venezuela

Feb 6, 2023

In this roundtable interview, experts on crime and security in Venezuela discussthe country’s spiral of violence, its origins, escalation, and potential solutions.

Rebecca Hanson, Andrés Antillano, Keymer Ávila & Verónica Zubillaga

NACLA Report on the Americas, 49:3, pp. 309-3014 / Published on line: 14 Sep. 2017

Despite gains in social and economic rights in Venezuela, both Hugo Chávez’s government andthat of current president Nicolás Maduro havebeen unable to protect perhaps the most basic right as-sociated with the state—the right to life. Homicide ratesin the country began to rise in the 1990s, but have in-creased dramatically since Chávez took office: from 25homicides per 100,000 inhabitants in 1999 to 70 per100,000 inhabitants in 2016.

In June I led a roundtable via Skype with three ex-perts on crime and citizen security in Venezuela to talkabout the current state of violence in the country andhow politics and security policies have exacerbated in-security. Contributors to the roundtable include Andrés Antillano, Keymer Ávila, and Verónica Zubillaga.

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