Seize the money of Venezuelan kleptocrats to help the country and its people

Washington Post
January 29, 2019
Anti-government protesters block the Francisco Fajardo highway in Caracas, Venezuela, Friday, June 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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In this Washington Post op-ed, CIGI's Fen Osler Hampson and the Inter-American Dialogue's Michael J. Camilleri argue that the world should look to the "graft-lined pocketbooks" of the officials who created the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela in order to help its victims:

"Countries in the region have responded with remarkable solidarity to displaced Venezuelans, but national budgets are strained, safety nets are wearing thin and xenophobia is rising. To help the Guaidó government and neighboring countries expand humanitarian assistance, the international community should look to repurposing funds stolen from the Venezuelan treasury to aid their rightful owners, the Venezuelan people..."

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