Venezuela’s political and economic crises have human rights experts concerned about the country’s rate of gender violence, for which legal systems are in place but no government data is available. Luz Patricia Mejía, a lawyer at the Organization of the American States (OAS) and women’s rights expert, says there is reason to believe the rate of violence against women may be rising.
In a country where officials face termination for sharing government health statistics, health experts are relying on outside organizations to shed light on the ongoing health crisis in Venezuela.
After two years of data silence, the Venezuelan Health Ministry released public health figures revealing an alarming rise in infant and maternal mortality rates.
Human Rights Watch officials say there is an unprecedented number of sick and hungry Venezuelans immigrating to a northern state of Brazil, where authorities say the health-care system is ill-equipped to help them.
Venezuela’s worsening economic and humanitarian crises are driving away a growing number of its citizens, who are, for the first time, leading asylum requests in the United States.
Yesterday marked 10 years since the creation of Venezuela’s Ministry of Popular Power for Indigenous Peoples, and while the government celebrates its achievements in indigenous rights and equality, many activists feel there is much left to desire.
Anti-government protests and riots continued in Venezuela over the weekend after changes to the country’s currency left millions with piles of worthless cash and nothing to eat.
As Venezuela’s economic crisis worsens, people of every economic class are fleeing life-threatening conditions in the South American country to seek refuge in countries across the Americas.
The Venezuelan government’s apparent denial of the resurgence of diphtheria, a dangerous respiratory disease, has prompted confusion over the scope of the outbreak and renewed criticism of the Ministry of Health’s lack of transparency.
The Venezuelan government’s attempts to downplay the country’s most pressing public health issues have likely contributed to this year’s alarming increase in malaria cases.