The expertise hubs enrich the international profile of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. They enable joint work across regions through their focus on globally relevant policy issues. These include questions of international financial and economic policy, digital policy, security, development and human rights policy.
We are Active in over 60 Countries: The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom is committed to working with all its strength for a liberal world. Our core concern is the realization of freedom and responsibility. We promote the development of democratic, market-based and constitutional structures so that more and more people can live in a liberal, democratic society.
Through the connection of EU experts, civil society, and decision makers we seek to foster open dialogue and discuss liberal policy solutions to European challenges. Together with our liberal partners, we develop formats and campaigns to promote rule of law, free markets and human rights. Moreover, we coordinate EU co-funded projects in the field of democracy support, development cooperation and human rights protection.
Through our seven offices in the MENA Region, we actively promote the political debate to support innovative liberal approaches and solutions. Our projects are liberal platforms on which the Foundation's partners from the Gulf to the Levant and the entire southern side of the Mediterranean can provide creative impulses and discuss geopolitical issues.
From our seven offices in Sub-Saharan Africa, we focus on promoting political networking. We are committed to strengthening liberalism and promoting human rights, the rule of law and the social market economy.
In North America, our focus is on the transatlantic partnership, which we see as a supporting pillar for the security and stability of Western democracies. We encourage the political debate and develop innovative liberal approaches. In Latin America we work to promote strong democratic institutions, respect for human rights and rule of law as well as promoting liberal dialogue throughout the region.
With its offices in Asia, the foundation supports programs to strengthen democratic processes, particularly free and fair elections, and transparent and accountable governance. The Foundation in the region also showcases innovation as a tool to encourage civic participation that further promotes freedom.
The Venezuelan regime, led by Nicolás Maduro, is ratcheting up intimidation tactics as the 2024 presidential elections approach. In early December, arrest warrants were issued for opposition activists, including close associates of opposition leader Maria Corina Machado. Members of the European Parliament strongly condemn the regime's latest action.
Venezuela is at a historic crossroads: despite significant obstacles, the country held opposition-led primaries that illustrate a profound desire for change. María Corina Machado emerged victorious with around 90 per cent of the vote. But challenges remain, such as the disqualification of candidates and the use of public institutions and propaganda in favour of power holder Maduro, which require international action.
The European Parliament has expressed deep concern over the political situation in Venezuela and the upcoming 2024 elections, emphasizing the need for a return to democracy in the country. In a recent resolution, the Parliament condemned the arbitrary disqualifications of candidates and interference by the Maduro regime in the electoral process.