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Nicaragua's Failed Revolution Webinar in Spanish - August 20th, 9 to 10:30 AM PST

Aldeanos Miskitu a orillas del Río Coco. Noviembre 2018

Miskitu villagers on the banks of Rio Coco. November 2018

On August 5, 2020, we launched Nicaragua: Una Revolución Fallida: La Lucha Indígena Por El Saneamiento a Spanish translation of the Oakland Institute’s report Nicaragua’s Failed Revolution: The Indigenous Struggle for Saneamiento. The report exposes the foreign gold mining firms, national and international actors in logging and cattle ranching industry, as well as prominent Nicaraguan officials driving the incessant violence facing the Indigenous & Afro-descendant communities in the Caribbean Coast Autonomous Regions of the country.

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Nicaragua is seen as exemplary in granting land rights to the Indigenous, however, the report reveals the failure of the government in enforcing these laws, its collusion with business interests, and its active role in the colonization of the protected lands by outsiders. This research and advocacy has generated millions of media impressions, including coverage in the New York Times, Guardian, Le Monde, Washington Post, ABC News, and MongaBay, among others as well as in social media.

Please join us on Thursday, August 20th from 9 to 10:30 AM PST for a Spanish language webinar on the findings from the report and a discussion on ways to support the Indigenous struggle for Saneamiento — clearing Indigenous territories of those using and exploiting their territories illegally.


Anuradha Mittal, author of the report and Executive Director of the Oakland Institute

Lottie Cunningham, Founder of the Center for Justice and Human Rights of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua (CEJUDHCAN)

Claudia Paz y Paz, Director of the Mexico and Central America Program of the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL)

Moderator: Sofía Espinal, Communication Officer at CEJIL for the Mexico and Central America Program

Webinar Information

Date and Time: Thursday, August 20th, 9 to 10:30 AM PST


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For more: email Sofia Espinal: [email protected]

Key Findings of the Report

  • Indigenous communities in the Caribbean Coast Autonomous Regions are facing increased violence, as evidenced by recent attacks against the Alal, Wasakin, and Miskitu communities.

  • Since January 2020, ten people from the Mayangna and Miskitu communities in the North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region (RACCN) have been killed in land invasions, bringing the total number of killings since 2011 to 46. Dozens have been injured, kidnapped, disappeared, and thousands displaced due to land invasions.

  • The government of Nicaragua has made millions of hectares available for mining, logging, and cattle ranching — attracting transnational corporations and driving thousands of colonos to autonomous regions at the expense of Indigenous lives and livelihoods.

  • While the country’s laws establish the autonomy of Indigenous communities in the management of their land and natural resources, these rights are systematically denied through forced dispossession.

  • Nicaraguan officials collude in illegal land sales and state-sponsored police repression of communities who resist dispossession.

The Oakland Institute is an independent policy think tank, bringing fresh ideas and bold action to the most pressing social, economic, and environmental issues of our time.

CEJUDHCAN is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that provides educational programs, legal support, and practical assistance to Indigenous Peoples and Afro-descendant communities on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua.

CEJIL is a regional organization that promotes and defend human rights in the Americas before international protection systems such as the Inter-American Human Rights System. Among the different litigations that it has conducted are the protection measures in behalf of 12 Miskitu communities and two Indigenous People’s human rights defenders.