Security & Strategic Review - April 2021

VENEZUELA: Maduro burns bridges over human rights criticisms

The Venezuelan government led by Nicolás Maduro has found international allies hard to come by in recent years. The departure of former US president Donald Trump (2017-2021) from the White House in January had prompted optimism in some quarters that a geopolitical readjustment could be on the cards, with early indications suggesting that Trump’s successor, Joe Biden, could look to follow in the footsteps of the European Union (EU) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Neither institution has shied away from criticising the Maduro administration, but both have generally advocated for the construction of a relationship built on compromise rather than conflict.

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