Robert Carmona-Borjas is a Venezuelan lawyer, academic and writer. He is on the faculty of American University in Washington DC and has taught at George Washington University. He is known for addressing the issue of governability, the defense of human rights, democracy and the fight against corruption. As well as publishing several books, he is a columnist for several newspapers including El Nuevo Herald (Miami), El Heraldo (Honduras), El Universal (Venezuela), La Prensa (Nicaragua), Tiempo Latino (Washington) and the TV network Globovision (Venezuela).
After the April 2002 events, in which Carmona-Borjas claims that he acted to draft the decree that reinstated the powers of the state illegally dissolved by Pedro Carmona Estanga, Carmona-Borjas sought political asylum in the United States. He founded the anti-corruption NGO Arcadia Foundation together with Ugandan human rights activist Betty Oyella Bigombe.
Carmona-Borjas taught at the Simon Bolivar University in Venezuela. He is known for addressing the issue of governability, the defense of human rights, democracy and the fight against corruption.
Carmona-Borjas has been linked to the failed coup against president Hugo Chavez, 11 April 2002, by helping "draft some of the decrees issued by the interim government". Carmona-Borjas himself claims that he acted along with General Guaicaipuro Lameda Montero, and succeeded in making Pedro Carmona Estanga resign and reinstate the powers that Carmona Estanga had illegally dissolved the day before, and sought political asylum in the United States.
He is the co-founder of the Arcadia Foundation, an anti-corruption foundation aiming to promote the values of rule of law and democracy in politically tumultuous regions of the world. The organization has worked in Honduras, Colombia, Venezuela, Uganda and the United States. Arcadia has recently allocated focus to the corruption occurring within Honduras' Hondutel, and pressed for criminal charges. He has uncovered Marcelo Chimirri's activities.
- Cuba: asedios, utopias y otros bloqueos (Vestigios, Mexico, 1994) [Cuba: Sieges, Utopias and Other Blockades],
- Mas Alla; de la Genesis del 11 de Abril (Alexandria Library, April 2009) [Beyond the Genesis of April 11] ,
- Arcadia Foundation, Founders
- Cova, Antonio de la. "Venezuelans linked to coup attempt said to be in Miami". www.latinamericanstudies.org.
- Arcadia, Arcadia in the Media
- "[http://www.laprensa.hn/Pa%C3%ADs/Ediciones/2009/06/11/Noticias/Reglamento-de-plebiscito-da-al-traste-con-cuarta-urna". External link in
- "Marcelo Chimirri rebajó tarifas a Latinode".
- "Piden acción judicial contra abusos y fraude en Hondutel".