Venezuela’s Humanitarian Emergency: Putting Principles First

Center for Strategic and International Studies - 03-25

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Recently, much of the analysis of the crisis in Venezuela has focused on video sleuthing to determine responsibility for the burning of a truck loaded with relief supplies. The needless political bickering over desperately needed assistance underlies the danger of humanitarian assistance becoming a political football entangled in complex debates over political change. The robust offer of humanitarian aid to Venezuela by the United States, conditioned on political change, and the denial of aid by forces loyal to Nicolas Maduro, represents a dramatic departure from the neutral and impartial methodology by which humanitarian assistance should be offered and delivered and reflects a troubling trend towards the politicization of humanitarian assistance.