Tag: Venezuela

ODCA proposes religious communities as humanitarian aid managers in Venezuela

The arrival of the Coronavirus further exacerbated the already critical situation in Venezuela, both in economic, social and political terms. While there is some progress on the support provided by various organizations to the neediest populations, most of the time this is possible thanks to negotiations and / or transactions with authorities at different levels.

Bolivarian National Guard raids parish San Martín de Tours

On May 8, members of the Bolivarian National Guard – GNB, carried out “inspection work” in Colonia Tovar, Aragua state, in order to find mercenaries who were part of Operation Gideon, whose goal was to destabilize the government. In the process, the inhabitants reported raids and mistreatment. Monsignor Enrique Parravano pointed out that officers entered the

Various religious denominations form Interreligious Social Council in Venezuela

On April 22nd, representatives of the Catholic and Anglican church, the Jewish community, the Evangelical Council of Venezuela and other social organizations signed a declaration creating the Interreligious Social Council of Venezuela. The Council aim to be a space for reflection and action to generate consensus on how to mitigate the country’s problems. Its main

Transcript of Dennis P. Petri’s testimony at Congressional Hearing on Religious Freedom in the Americas now available

The transcript of Dennis P. Petri’s testimony at the hearing on “Challenges to Religious Freedom in the Americas” before the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the US House of Representatives of 17 September 2015 is now available. You can access it here. Watch the video recording of the hearing

Religious freedom in Latin America

Organized crime People who practice their religious faith in Latin America – whether they are Pentecostal preachers or devout Catholic priests such as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now of course famous as Pope Francis – can be restricted by organized crime. The main feature of organized crime is the creation of a climate of impunity, anarchy

“Challenges to religious freedom in the Americas” – Testimony before the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Freedom of religion has many components. The UN Human Rights Committee in its General Comment 22 says freedom of religion, as provided under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, is “far-reaching and profound.” According to the Committee, the right “encompasses freedom of thought on all matters, personal conviction and the commitment to religion

Subcommittee Hearing: Challenges to Religious Freedom in the Americas

On 17 September 2015, the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere of House Committee on Foreign Affairs of the United States Congress held a hearing on “Freedom of Expression in the Americas.” Dennis P. Petri was invited to witness at this congressional hearing. This is the video recording of his verbal testimony (starts after minute 15). His written testimony can

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