Venezuela in Crisis: The Decline of Democracy and the Repression of Human Rights

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 23:00

This event will be webcast at

In early 2014, several factors provoked an eruption of student demonstrations across Venezuela. In an attempt to end the protests, the government responded forcefully leaving more than 40 people dead, 3000 detained, and dozens imprisoned. Leopoldo López, one of the leaders of the opposition party, has been placed under solitary confinement in a military prison. There is no more time to lose. Leopoldo, along with dozens of detainees, still remain in prison without due process.

Venezuela in Crisis will feature two key witnesses of state repression in Venezuela: Diana López, Leopoldo López’s sister, and Carlos Vecchio, a Venezuelan lawyer, political exile and the main ally of Leopoldo López. They will be joined by the Honorable Irwin Cotler, Attorney General of Canada and the former lawyer of Nelson Mandela, who will discuss the role Canada and the international community in addressing human rights violations in Venezuela.

The panel will take place on February 4th, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the Moot Court at the Faculty of Law at McGill University (Montreal, Canada).

Chancellor Day Hall
3644 Peel Street
Montreal , QC
45° 30' 10.6452" N, 73° 34' 51.0096" W
Quebec CA

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