Antimilitarist and nonviolent solidarity with Venezuela - statement of the Antimilitarist network of Latin America and the Caribbean

Photo: Miguel GutierrezPhoto: Miguel GutierrezThere are antimilitarists, conscientious objectors, nonviolent activists and pacifists in Venezuela. There are also member organizations of the Latin American and Caribbean Antimilitarist Network, Ramalc. We embrace all of them, and send our solidarity and accompaniment. We want them alive, healthy and free.

At present, the community of human rights defenders in Venezuela is being subjected to persecution and repression because of their activities. We extend to them our solidarity and support; we are and will continue to be vigilant in denouncing these persecutions.

Antimilitarist and nonviolent solidarity with Venezuela - statement from RAMALC

The Antimilitarist Network of Latin America and the Carribean (Red Antimilitarista de América Latina y el Caribe, RAMALC) have published a statement in solidarity with antimilitarists, conscientious objectors, nonviolent and pacifists in Venezuela (an English version is forthcoming). It extends support to the community of human rights defenders being persecuted for their work. The statement has been endorsed by the WRI Executive Committee.


Solidaridad antimilitarista y noviolenta con Venezuela – declaración de la Red Antimilistarista de América Latina y el Caribe

Venezuela statementVenezuela statementEn estos días, la comunidad de defensores y defensoras de derechos humanos en Venezuela está siendo objeto de persecución y represión por cuenta de sus actividades. Por eso, extendemos a ellos y a ellas nuestra solidaridad y apoyo; estamos y seguiremos atentos para denunciar dichas persecuciones.

Venezuela experimenta un ciclo

VENEZUELA: NGOs appeal to the Supreme Court of Justice to remove the obligation to enrol on the Military Register

On July 13, 2016, non-governmental organisations in Venezuela filed an appeal to the Supreme Court of Justice for the partial annulment of the Law of Registration and Enlistment for the Integral Defence of the Nation, which establishes an obligation to enroll on the Military Register, on grounds of unconstitutionality.

The judicial action sought to reverse the unconstitutional ramifications of the law, which limits Venezuelans' right to free self-development, equality before the law and freedom of conscience and association, as well as affecting rights to work and education.

Different Motivations in the Latin American Movement: Rafa's anarchist perspective

Return to Conscientious Objection: A Practical Companion for Movements

Rafael Uzcategui is a Venezuelan conscientious objector, author, and human rights activist who has been active with War Resisters' International, and in antimilitarism more generally, for many years. Here, he summarises the main tendencies of the Latin American conscientious objection movement, and details how his own nonviolent anarchist position fits into this picture.

During the eighties, many Latin American countries were living under military dictatorships or suffering the consequences of civil war. These were also the days of the Cold War, during which the US considered Latin America one of its 'zones of influence': almost like a back garden. The traumatic and progressive democratisation process meant that broad swathes of the continent's youth developed an antimilitarist sentiment, which began to take on an organised and political dimension. As an adolescent at the beginning of the nineties in Barquisimeto, a town 5 hours away from the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, my peers and I had to hide ourselves twice a year for fifteen days, to avoid compulsory military service. Otherwise they would seize us on the streets and, without wasting words, force us into a truck, with others just as terrified, and from there take us to the barracks. For many of us, these forced recruitment raids or 'press gangs' were the starting point for our rejection of authority and of the military uniform.

WRI supports human rights defenders in Venezuela

WRI have released a statement in support of human rights defenders in Venezuela. The statement calls for human rights organisations in Venezuela, including PROVEA and Espacio Públic, two organisations who staff have recently been put at risk by government officials, and encourages those in sympathy with to use Amnesty International's Urgent Action alert to lobby government officals, which you can find here in English, here in German and here in Spanish.


WRI supports human rights defenders in Venezuela

War Resisters' International (WRI) is concerned for the safety of its members and of their fellow human rights defenders in Venezuela.

On 13 May the President of the National Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, publicly shared details of the travel arrangements of WRI member Rafael Uzcátegui from the Venezuelan Programa Venezolano de Educación-Acción en Derechos Humanos (Program for Education and Action on Human Rights - PROVEA), as well as those of Carlos Correa from Espacio Público (Public Space). The information was shared in Diosdado Cabello’s weekly television show “Con el Mazo Dando”. On this programme the work of human rights defenders is regularly questioned and details of their whereabouts are shared. The president of Venezuela, Nicholas Maduro, has described NGO workers who criticise the government as 'bandits', and called for the production of a documentary to be broadcast on television exposing the 'truth' about the work of human rights organisations. 

Among other details, on “Con el Mazo Dando” Diosdado Cabello announced that Rafael Uzcátegui and Carlos Correa were travelling to Chile to meet the former coordinator of PROVEA. This information had only been shared in private online communications, so there is cause to believe these communications are being monitored by the authorities.

Sharing such information puts Rafael, Carlos, and their friends and colleagues at risk. It arms militant government sympathizers with the information they would need to intimidate or attack them.<--break- />

Venezuela: The veins are still open

 By Rafael Uzcátegui

In Venezuela, the left and the right agree on one thing – it is a country which is very rich in oil and mining reserves which must be sold as quickly as possible, ignoring the social and environmental consequences of further using the development model based on extractivism.

Militarización en territorios wayúu

Rafael Uzcátegui

En un reciente viaje a la zona, y tras reuniones con organizaciones
sociales locales, pudimos corroborar las denuncias sobre
criminalización y militarización en el territorio wayúu.

Chevron: La conexión bolivariana

En el marco del Día Internacional de Acción contra Chevron, el periódico El Libertario difunde el informe “Chevron: La conexión bolivariana”, sobre la expansión de la transnacional en Venezuela en los últimos años

 El 21 de mayo ha sido el día escogido por diferentes movimientos sociales alrededor del mundo para realizar una jornada planetaria de acción contra Chevron. El objetivo es exigir que la petrolera estadounidense modifique sus prácticas, y reconozca su responsabilidad por los graves crímenes ambientales que ha cometido alrededor del planeta a lo largo de su historia.

Venezuela, quien cuenta con los yacimientos petroleros y gasíferos más grandes de la región, tiene una relación antigua con Chevron. Sin embargo, las consecuencias ambi entales y sociales de la explotación energética en Venezuela no son un tema de discusiónen el país, ni tampoco la responsabilidad en la contaminación y desplazamiento de comunidades indígenas y campesinas de las compañías trasnacionales que desde 1996, tras la nacionalización de la industria ocurrida en 1976, participan como socias en el negocio.

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