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The Struggle for Peace in the Midst of Repression: Unified Voices from Nicaragua’s Civil Society Leaders


September 26, 2019


03:30pm-05:30pm UTC-5


Wilson Center
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington DC, WA 20004, United States


Following the breakdown of political negotiations between the Nicaraguan government and key opposition figures in August, political repression by state security forces has continued unabated. Civil society leaders, rural leaders, and independent journalists, among others, have been targeted by the administration of President Daniel Ortega. Against this backdrop of growing violence and political instability, how can Nicaraguan civil society bring about change when dialogue has been foreclosed and repression is mounting?  Is the international community sufficiently engaged in efforts to press for change?  What are the implications of Nicaragua’s decision to deny the OAS Special Commission on Nicaragua entry to the country?

The Wilson Center’s Latin American Program and the Seattle International Foundation are pleased to host prominent Nicaraguan civil society leaders representing the Unidad Nacional Azul y Blanco (Blue and White National Unity, UNAB) and the Alianza Cívica (Civic Alliance), who for the first time have come to Washington with a common message demanding change in Nicaragua.  Please join us for this important discussion on Thursday, September 26, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.


Haydee Castillo

UNAB Political Council

Juan Sebastián Chamorro

Executive Director

Alianza Cívica

Mario Arana


AmCham Nicaragua

Violeta Granera

UNAB Political Council


Cynthia J. Arnson

Director, Latin American Program

Wilson Center