Carlos Tablante – Former Venezuelan Governor and Congressman, and author of the book "Delinquent State: How organized crime operates in Venezuela".
Ari Chaplin – Professor of comparative politics, Latin American History and terrorism at various colleges in the NYC metropolitan area, and author of the book "Chávez's Legacy: The Transformation from Democracy to a Mafia State".
Jesus Ollarves – Human Rights Activist and Law Professor at the Central University of Venezuela.
Presentation by Sergio Dahbar – Publisher of El Librero & Columnist at El Nacional.
Moderator: Fermin Lares – Political journalist, former diplomat and CDDA Senior Fellow, currently writing a book on the "Dark Side of Chavismo."
Closing Remarks by Leopoldo Martinez – CEO at CDDA & former Venezuelan Congressman.
In an overly polarized country like Venezuela, crime and insecurity has turned out to be an unfortunate unifying factor that affects everyone regardless of their ideology.
24,000 murders were registered only in 2013 (about a 10% increase compared to the previous year), in a society where more than 90% of crimes go unpunished.
Just 5 years after Chavez' Bolivarian revolution began, the homicide rate had already duplicated in the country (11,342), and ever since, the government decided to block access –previously public– to all official data about crime.
Are there any connections between the increase of organized crime in Venezuela during the past 14 years and the Bolivarian Revolution started by Hugo Chavez in 1998?
Carlos Tablante, Ari Chaplin and Jesus Ollarves seem to agree that there are evident links, which can be traced to institutional degradation and corruption and to the active and consented operation of organized crime groups in Venezuela. While each of them will share independent interpretations of the matter, they will address the role played by the centralization and corruption of the state –particularly the Judiciary power– in making Venezuela one of the most dangerous countries in the world.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
National Press Club
Conference Room (Main Level)
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20045
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