Venezuelan Opposition Leader to Receive 2014 IFES Democracy Award

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Venezuelan Opposition Leader to Receive 2014 IFES Democracy Award

The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) will honor Venezuelan opposition leader and Congresswoman Maria Corina Machado with its 2014 Charles T. Manatt Democracy Award. Machado has been the target of numerous unproven accusations by the Venezuelan government and death threats since calling on citizens to publically demonstrate against President Nicolas Maduro.

Upon traveling to Washington, D.C. in March to denounce Maduro's administration at the Organization of American States, Venezuela's National Assembly barred Machado from serving as a legislator and accused her of treason.

"IFES' recognition of Machado's relentless efforts to defend freedom and democracy against all odds in her native Venezuela resonates throughout Latin America as others look at her example of courage and determination to safeguard the principles of political rights and civil liberties," said IFES Board Director and former Colombian President Andrés Pastrana.

We invite you to read the full article published June 11, 2014

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