Migration and its root causes have been an integral part of the post-war reconciliation process in Nicaragua. The Peace Promoters have found that most Nicaraguans, no matter their political leaning or past military involvement – Contra or Sandinista – are facing many of the same issues. Working closely with families as a conflict mediator, a lawyer, and a disability rights activist, Uriel has increasingly come across a single issue: migration. He will talk about migration and the large systematic dynamics behind it, especially in terms of Nicaragua’s often-contentious relationship with the United States.
What might have been a high-profile trip heralding a new U.S. partnership with Latin America based on equity and mutual interests turned out to confirm the same old top-down approach to north-south relations.
Roberto Zamora, the attorney who successfully fought for the adoption of peace as a human right in Costa Rican law, will be in Washington, D.C. to meet with members of the Human Rights Commission of the Organization of the American States (OAS) regarding his petition questioning the constitutionality of the free trade agreement, CAFTA.