A delegation from the International Democrat Union (IDU) was refused entry to Nicaragua, Wednesday May 22. The purpose of the group, led by IDU’s Assistant Chairman and former Venezuelan governor Henrique Fernando Salas-Romer, was to assess the democratic development in Nicaragua. (more…)
The protégé of former President Hugo Chávez, Nicolás Maduro, secured a marginal victory over his opponent Henrique Capriles Radonski in Venezuela’s Presidential election, April 14. Mr. Maduro won 50,8 percent of the votes, while Capriles recieved 49,1. (more…)
After hard pressure from the international community, the Electoral Committee of Venezuela has agreed to make a recount and audit of 46% of the ballot boxes. This has however not stopped Nicolás Maduro from swearing the presidential oath as planned. Mr Maduro will be sworn in under the supervision of several Latin American leaders, mid-day April 19. The opposition has announced that they will not attend the ceremony. (more…)
Henrique Fernando Salas Römer, Party leader of Proyecto Venezuela, and Eva Gustavsson, Managing Director of the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation, met yesterday with Finnish State Under-Secretary for EU Affairs, Jori Arvonen. The main topic of the discussion was to inform Mr Arvonen about the current situation in Venezuela.
March 19, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation organised a luncheon in Stockholm with the Cuban democracy activist John Suarez, on the developments in the country. (more…)
|19 March, 2013|
Cuba is a centralized, planned economy and communist one-party state where no other parties are permitted. After Fidel Castro’s illness in 2008, hope of reform was spread, but the small changes that have occurred since then are merely symbolic actions without any real value.
On March 19, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation organises a luncheon in Stockholm with John Suarez, international secretary for Cuban Democratic Directorate, who will give his views on the developments in the country. In conjunction with the seminar, the Foundation will launch a new website about the developments in Cuba.
The seminar will be held in English.
Date: March 19, 2013
Time: 12.00, lunch will be served from 11.30
Venue: Stora Nygatan 30, Gamla stan, Stockholm
RSVP no later than March 17, 2013 to email@example.com or telephone: +46 8 676 81 08.
The American think tank Freedom House condemns the Venezuelan government’s censorship of the online newspaper El Diario de Cuba, which has been blocked since January 14th after a number of articles published on the website conserning President Hugo Chavez’s health. “Blocking access to internet sites threatens the fundamental right of access to information in a country where press freedom and freedom of expression are already constrained,” said Viviana Giacaman, director for Latin America Programs at Freedom House.
The Union of Latin American Parties (UPLA) expresses its concern with regard to the breach of the constitutional democratic order in Venezuela, in a new statement. (more…)
Election-monitoring has traditionally been linked to the events on Election Day, determining whether the process was fraudulent or fair. But as authoritarian regimes get keener on their impression abroad, they are becoming more sophisticated in the methods they use to stay in power. Last year’s elections in Ukraine and Venezuela are two examples investigated in a recent Freedom House article. (more…)