Latin American Elections 2020-2021: Human Rights, COVID-19, and Hope on the Ballots
Thursday, November 12, 2020
This event will focus on electoral processes in the LAC region occurring in 2020-2021 and analyze them through the lens of human rights, COVID-19, and freedoms, touching upon Freedom House’s Freedom in the World and Freedom on the Net reports. Primarily, discussion and analysis will focus on the Venezuelan parliamentary elections on December 6, 2020. Additionally, the panel will address upcoming electoral processes in other countries including the Bolivian local elections in early 2021, the Ecuadoran general elections in February 2021, the Salvadoran legislative elections in March 2021, and the Nicaraguan general elections in November 2021. Especially in the context of democratic backsliding during COVID-19, these elections will have a significant impact on regional governance, human rights and freedoms.
Isabel Linzer is a Research Analyst for Technology and Democracy at Freedom House. In this role, she spearheads the Election Watch for the Digital Age, Freedom House’s new research project on the intersection of elections, internet platforms, and human rights worldwide.
Jo Moley is a 2018 graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she earned a B.S. in Regional Studies of Latin America. Jo currently works at Freedom House as a Senior Program Associate on the Latin America and the Caribbean team’s Venezuela portfolio.
Gerardo Berthin is the Director of Freedom House’s Latin America and the Caribbean team. Since graduating from the Georgetown University with a M.A. from the Center for Latin American studies, Gerardo Berthin has spent two decades developing deep expertise in democracy and governance issues worldwide. He has worked in democratic governance areas in 16 Latin American countries, and has extensive experience developing and managing programs that address governance challenges throughout the LAC region.