Venezuela is confronting a growing crisis in human rights and humanitarian protection, triggering engagement by the OAS and the UN Human Rights Council. Venezuelan human rights expert Ligia Bolivar will address the situation and analyze the perspectives of the human rights movement in facing the current challenges.
Ligia Bolívar, Director of the Centre for Human Rights at the Andres Bello Catholic University (UCAB, Caracas) since 1999, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate programs. She studied Sociology at UCAB and completed her post graduate studies in Human Rights at Universidad Central de Venezuela.
In 1982, she obtained a grant which allowed her to train as an intern with the International League for Human Rights in New York. In 1987 – 1988 she worked as Regional Liaison Officer for Latin America at Amnesty International, International Secretariat in London.
She is the founder of the Venezuelan Program for Education – Action on Human Rights (Provea) and co-founder of the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL, Washington DC) and the International Council on Human Rights Policy (Geneva). She was member of the Board of Trustees, OHCHR Voluntary Fund for Technical Cooperation in the Field of Human Rights, 2001 – 2004.
She also serves as a Visiting Professor of human rights in universities across Latin America and Europe