Marino Alvarado announced as the winner of the Embassy of Canada’s 6th annual Human Rights Award

The Centro para la Paz y los Derechos Humanos “Padre Luis María Olaso” de la Universidad Central de Venezuela and the Embassy of Canada in Venezuela have the pleasure to announce that the winner of the 6th annual Human Rights Award is Marino Alvarado Betancourt. He is being awarded the prize for his work as coordinator of Provea, a role in which he has greatly contributed to the advancement of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights in Venezuela. 

Mr. Alvarado graduated from Universidad Central de Venezuela in 1995 as a lawyer, and obtained a Specialty Diploma in International Economic Rights from the same institution in 2012. He began his professional career in 1995 with Provea, as a human rights investigator. Between 2008-2014, he has served as General Coordinator of Provea. In addition, since 1995, Marina Alvarado has been active in a number of national and international human rights tribunals.

The Award will be formally presented to Mr. Alvarado during January 2015, in a ceremony at the Official Residence of the Embassy of Canada, in Caracas. The award consists of a visit to Canada, where Mr. Alvarado will meet with officials, academics and NGOs. Upon his return, he will also embark on a tour of a number of cities within Venezuela to share his experiences.

This year, the jury also decided to award three Honorable Mentions: to journalist Tamoa Calzadilla; to the NGO Foro Penal Venezolano; and to Marco Ponce, coordinator of the Observatorio Venezolano para la Conflictividad Social.

The Embassy of Canada in Venezuela and the Centro para la Paz y los Derechos Humanos de la Universidad Central de Venezuela established the Award in 2009 to recognise individuals, NGOs and public or private institutions in Venezuela that have made extraordinary Contributions to the promotion, spread or defense of human rights.

The jury for the 2015 Award was led by Father Raúl Herrera (Director of the Centro para la Paz y los Derechos Humanos “Padre Luis María Olaso” de UCV), and also included Luisa Pernalete (former regional director for Zulia and Bolivar for Fe y Alegría), Lisandro Raúl Cubas (co-founder of PROVEA), Humberto Prado (director of the Observatorio Venezolano de Prisiones) and David Da Silva (Political Counsellor, Embassy of Canada in Venezuela).

For more information, please contact:

Michèle Carezis, Public Affairs Officer
Embassy of Canada in Venezuela
E-mail: michele.carezis@international.gc.ca
Telephone:+58 212 6003163
Web: www.venezuela.gc.ca
Twitter: @CanEmbVenezuela