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Nicaragua's Human Rights Crisis: A GIEI Investigation

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

February 19, 2019


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Nicaragua's current crisis erupted in April 2018 when public protest was met with a government crackdown. In light of the ensuing violence, the Nicaraguan government agreed with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Organization of American States (OAS) to allow a group of independent international experts, known as the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI), to investigate the six-week period between April 18 and the end of May to determine who was responsible. The GIEI had planned to present its findings publicly in Nicaragua on December 20 but was prohibited from doing so by the government and forced to leave the country. 

Join Americas Society/Council of the Americas and the Seattle International Foundation for a presentation and discussion with three members of the GIEI about their report and recommendations for dealing with Nicaragua’s widening human rights crisis.


  • John Feeley, U.S. Ambassador (retired); Political Consultant, Univision @johndfeeley
  • Amerigo Incalcaterra, Member, GIEI
  • Pablo Parenti, Member, GIEI @Pablo_Parenti
  • Claudia Paz y Paz, Member, GIEI @ClaudiaPazyPaz
  • Arturo Aguilar, Executive Director, Seattle International Foundation (moderator) @SeaIF

Registration: This event is open to the public, but prior registration is required.
Simultaneous translation will be offered at the event, and a video of the panel will be available online following the event.

Access the report and other visual resources on the GIEI Nicaragua website.

Event Information: Adán Toledo | | 1-212-277-8387
Sponsorship Opportunities: Ana Calderon | | 212-277-8358
Membership Information: Mila Fontana | | 212-277-8374
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Cancellation: Please contact Juan Serrano-Badrena at before 3:00 p.m. on Monday, February 18.

John Feeley

U.S. Ambassador (retired), Political Consultant for Univision

John Feeley is a former U.S. ambassador who runs Gotham Lights LLC, a Miami and Washington, DC-based consultancy that promotes greater mutual understanding between the United States and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. He is a political consultant for the Spanish-language media Univision, providing on-air analysis and publishing a regular opinion column. During a 28-year State Department career, Feeley served as U.S.

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Amerigo Incalcaterra

Member, GIEI

Amerigo Incalcaterra has worked in the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as regional representative for South America, representative in Mexico and Guatemala, and deputy director in Colombia. He also served as deputy commissioner of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). He participated in peacekeeping operations in Central America, served as advisor to the UN departments of Political Affairs and Peacekeeping Operations, and he advised the special sepresentatives of the secretary general.

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Pablo Parenti

Member, GIEI

Pablo Parenti is a federal prosecutor in Argentina and has worked for almost 20 years on cases of crimes against humanity. He has been in charge of the Specialized Unit for Child Abductions during State Terrorism (UFICANTE) of the Argentine Attorney General's office since 2012. Previously, he was coordinator of the Public Prosecutor's Office's Unit for Coordination and Follow-up of Cases of Human Rights Violations during State Terrorism.

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Claudia Paz y Paz

Member, GIEI

Claudia Paz y Paz was Guatemala’s first female attorney general and is currently the secretary for multidimensional security at the Organization of American States. She is a criminal law specialist, scholar, judge, and litigator who has worked for over 18 years to strengthen the justice system in Guatemala. Among other roles, she was the national consultant to the UN Mission in Guatemala.

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Arturo Aguilar

Executive Director, Seattle International Foundation

Arturo Aguilar is a human rights defender, investigator, and political strategist who has worked for 20 years to strengthen justice and democracy in Latin America. Most recently, he served as senior political officer to Iván Velásquez, commissioner of the UN-backed International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG).

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Video: Nicaragua's Human Rights Crisis - The GIEI Investigation

February 20, 2019

GIEI experts Amerigo Incalcaterra, Claudia Paz y Paz, and Pablo Parenti present their findings on Nicaragua's deadly protests of 2018....