The event, which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 23rd at 5:30 pm at the Palacio del Senado, Room Arturo Illia, Hipólito Yrigoyen 1849, city of Buenos Aires, sought to create a space for exchange in order to shed light on the crisis currently afflicting the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, thereby contributing to the strengthening of its institutions.

Presiding over the talk there was a panel of experts made up of Mercedes de Freitas, Executive Director of Transparencia Venezuela, Mariela Belski, Executive Director of Amnesty Argentina, Santiago Cantón, Secretary for Human Rights of the Province of Buenos Aires, and Karina Banfi, National Deputy (UCR). María Baron, Executive Director of the Directorio Legislativo Foundation, moderated.

In recent years, Venezuela’s Supreme Tribunal of Justice has infringed upon the functioning of the National Assembly, the representative body of the people’s vote in Venezuela. From the suspension of its members perpetrated in December 2015, the declaration of invalidity over its acts at the start of 2016, and the takeover of its parliamentary functions in March 2017, the Tribunal has steamrolled the Assembly’s powers. This government crisis was accompanied by a social crisis expressed in myriad social protests marked by escalating violence. In the face of this situation, the international community has condemned Nicolas’s government’s violent actions and has expressed itself in favor of finding a democratic way out of the crisis. Notwithstanding, it has limited itself to calling for meetings and making statements that do not delve into the heart of the matter. Up until now, that has not been enough to secure the rights of the people of Venezuela. For this reason, it is necessary to adopt concrete measures that ensure the peace and safety of the citizenry.

The Directorio Legislativo Foundation organized this talk for the purpose of analyzing and discussing potential institutional ways out of this conflict and the role that the international community must fulfill in order to be able to protect the safety of all Venezuelans.