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    May 26, 2014

    Hurford Fellowship Application Due May 23rd, 2014

    The World Youth Movement for Democracy and the International Forum for Democratic Studies at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) invite you to apply for the Hurford Youth Fellows Program in Washington, DC. Youth leaders from around the world will be considered for three positions throughout the year. For a period of four months, each fellow will have the opportunity to build his or her leadership and organizational skills and benefit from and contribute to the development of the World Youth Movement.

    Central to each fellowship will be an assignment to develop online discussion platforms that would generate active engagement of World Youth Movement members.  Each fellow will organize and lead a series of online discussions and information sharing on a key democracy issue that the fellow, in consultation with the Secretariat and Leadership Board, would identify. Youth Movement Fellows will identify, compile, present, and creatively share discussion materials and results.

    Youth leaders up to the age of 30 with a demonstrated interest in the advancement of democracy are welcome to apply; particularly those affiliated with democracy/civil society organizations are especially encouraged. A monthly cost of living stipend and roundtrip airfare will be provided by the Program.

    The Deadline for the application is May 23rd, 2014

    Click here for full Hurford Youth Fellows Program Information Booklet and Application Guidelines.

    Click here for application form.

    The Hurford Youth Fellows Program is made possible by the generous support of the Hurford Foundation.

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    May 26, 2014

    Rodrigo Released

    Leading human rights defender and president of Un Mundo Sin Mordaza (A World Without Censorship) Rodrigo Diamanti, was released over the weekend following his arbitrary detention by the Bolivarian Service of National Intelligence (SEBIN) in Venezuela. He has been charged with obstructing public roads and for possessing explosive devices and is not allowed to leave the country at this time. Both charges are considered by knowledgeable sources to be without foundation. While Rodrigo was released, hundreds of students remain detained by SEBIN. Following his release, Rodrigo discussed his detention and the deteriorating situation in Venezuela on CNN Español.

    For many years, Rodrigo and his fellow activists have been focusing on strengthening democratic governance in Venezuela, in particular freedom of expression. He is one of the most vocal critics of the government undemocratic practice, and he has been a key in mobilizing young people in the country to call for greater fundamental freedoms. Un Mondo sin Mordaza has been alerting the world about situation in Venezuela through “S.O.S. Venezuela” camping

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