Jo D'Elia, recipient of 11th Edition of Embassy of Canada Human Rights Award

The Embassy of Canada in Venezuela, in collaboration with the coalition of Chairs and University Centers for Human Rights of Venezuela, are pleased to announce that Jo Delia is the winner of the 11th edition of the Human Rights Award.

This award aims to highlight international human rights principles as a priority of Canada’s Foreign Policy in the relationship between the two countries.

Jo D'Elia is recognized in Venezuela as a pillar of the community and mentor to countless activists. He has founded and directed several organizations, most recently Civilis Derechos Humanos, and has been a catalyst in the creation of local and regional networks of human rights organizations.

For this edition, the jury also decided to award a Special Distinction to Mariana Romero Mosqueda, for her dedication to the defense and promotion of human rights. As a lawyer and academic coordinator of the Andrés Bello Catholic University, as well as founder of the Center for Defense and Justice, she has worked tirelessly in the defense of human rights defenders and in promoting the institutionalization of international standards on justice and democracy.

The jury of the edition was made up of:

  • Katherine Martínez, winner of the award in its 10th edition and director of the organization Prepara Familia
  • Juan Carlos Barreto, director of the Center for Peace and Human Rights of the Central University of Venezuela (CPDH-UCV)
  • Mayda Hocevar, director of the Observatory of Human Rights of the Universidad de los Andes (ODH-ULA)
  • Eduardo Trujillo Ariza, director of the Human Rights Center of the Andrés Bello Catholic University (CDH-UCAB) and members of the Canadian Embassy.