April 18 Thursday

David Smolansky, "Venezuela: Human Rights Black Hole and Future Outlook"

  • Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 6:10PM - 7:30PM
  • SLB Room 128
  • Open To The Public
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Description

Mr. Smolansky is currently Coordinator of the Organization of American States’ (OAS) Working Group on the Crisis of Venezuelan Migrants and Refugees. He is a co-founder of “Voluntad Popular,” one of the main pro-democracy political parties in Venezuela, and serves as Deputy Secretary General of that organization.

 In 2013, at age 28, David Smolansky was elected mayor of El Hatillo in Caracas, becoming the youngest local authority in the country. Security and transparency became the priorities of his administration, making El Hatillo a point of reference in public management during times of crisis, violence and spiraling corruption in Venezuela. In August of 2017, the Venezuelan Supreme Court summarily removed Mr. Smolansky from office due to his opposition to the Maduro regime. He was forced to go into hiding for 35 days and ultimately fled the country. He is now living in exile in Washington D.C., where has continued advocating for the restoration of democracy and freedom in Venezuela while serving as Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University.

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Schell Center for International Human Rights