Talk at the EUI: #SOSNicaragua – November 14, 2018

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The International Law Working Group, the Latin America Working Group and the INFOSOC Working Group invite you to the talk Human Rights and Conflict in Digital Times – #SOSNicaragua.

A serious political crisis has evolved in Nicaragua in recent months, after Police allegedly shot and killed young demonstrators in clashes during manifestations in April 2018. The opposition movement that has consequently developed is demanding the ousting of President Daniel Ortega, best known on the international scene for his role as a socialist Sandinista leader in the Nicaraguan revolution and during the civil war in the 1980s.

Human rights organisations report more than 300 deaths, more than 1.400 wounded and hundreds of imprisoned and missing persons after these months of violent turmoil. In a contradictory narrative, the government and its supporters accuse the opposition of terrorism and claim that the uprising is a right-wing coup-attempt backed and financed by the US.

This presentation will delve into the two opposing narratives and zoom in on the role that social media activism has played in the development of the conflict and of the claims of severe human rights violations.

The talk will be presented by Julie Wetterslev, PhD Researcher from the Law Department at the EUI, and discussed by Ofra Klein, PhD Researcher, SPS Department.

We hope to see you there!

Date and venue: Wednesday 14 November 2018 at 4pm, Sala degli Stemmi – Villa Salviati (European University Institute)

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