Venezuela's New Chokehold on Civil Society
Publication Date: October 2005
Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)
Author(s): Stephen Johnson
Keywords: Latin American
Concealed in language that evokes respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms, peace, and democracy, Venezuela's National Assembly has drafted a draconian bill that would block foreign donations to local non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and put such groups under state control. For now, Venezuela's new International Cooperation Law is a framework, but when filled in by President Hugo ChÃ¡vez, it will muzzle the few voices that still provide a check on his creeping dictatorship.