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Religious Persecution and the Closing of Civic Space in Nicaragua

September 2, 2022 • 10:00 – 11:00 am EDT
The event will be webcast live from this page.

Please join the CSIS Americas Program for a discussion on Religious Persecution and the Closing of Civic Space in Nicaragua.

The authoritarian Ortega-Murillo regime in Nicaragua has reached new levels of repression with its latest campaign of systematically targeting the Catholic Church, detaining and intimidating leaders and congregations. The recent arrest of Bishop Rolando Álvarez has been an especially concerning portent for the future of the regime’s authoritarian efforts to clamp down against dissent. The church has been an important and outspoken voice on human rights and political freedoms in Nicaragua, gathering individuals from across the political spectrum to advocate for change. 

This event will outline recent attacks on the Catholic Church in Nicaragua, and situate these within the broader context of state repression and authoritarian consolidation. It will also identify ways the United States, allies, and civil society including the church can respond.

This event is made possible by general support to the Americas Program.

Daniel F. Runde
Senior Vice President; William A. Schreyer Chair; Director, Project on Prosperity and Development
Archbishop of the US Military Services and Member of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Managing Director, Perseus Strategies and Special Advisor on the Responsibility to Protect to the Organization of American States
Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Programs, National Democratic Institute

Humberto Belli

Sociologist, former Minister of Education of Nicaragua

John Feeley

Former U.S. Ambassador and Executive Director, Center for Media Integrity of the Americas