2017 Oslo Freedom Forum
May 24, 2017
A humanitarian crisis is taking place in Venezuela, and the Maduro government watches while its citizens starve. As the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro has seen the crisis in Venezuela intensify. In vivid detail, Luis describes how the government has responded to peaceful protests with imprisonment, intimidation, and violence. Appealing to our collective ideals of freedom, Luis reminds us that democracy and fundamental rights are not simply words on paper: they must exist in reality.