The staff of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission would like to bring to your attention the opportunity to meet with Claudia Paz y Paz and Amerigo Incalcaterra, two members of the Group of Independent International Experts (GIEI) charged with examining human rights violations committed in the context of the ongoing social uprising in Nicaragua.
DATE: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
TIME: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
PLACE: 121 Cannon House Office Building
Nicaragua's current crisis erupted in April 2018 when public protests were met with a severe crackdown by the government. In light of the ensuing violence, the government of Nicaragua agreed with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Organization of American States (OAS) to send a group of independent international experts, known as the GIEI, to examine the six-week period between April 18 and the end of May to determine who was responsible for the violence. The GIEI expected to present its findings publicly in Nicaragua last December 20 but was prohibited from doing so by the government and expelled from the country.
This meeting is open to congressional staff and interns only. For any questions, please contact Kimberly Stanton by email or at ext. 5-8097.
Claudia Paz y Paz is currently the Secretary for Multidimensional Security and member of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) for Nicaragua at the Organization of American States. A criminal law specialist, scholar, judge, and litigator, she served as Guatemala’s first female Attorney General (2010-2014), pursuing cases against both current-day organized crime and the perpetrators of the gross human rights violations that occurred during Guatemala’s three decades of internal armed conflict. In 1994, she founded the Institute for Comparative Criminal Studies of Guatemala which promotes restorative justice and protects the rights of marginalized and discriminated groups during criminal proceedings.
Amerigo Incalcaterra is a member of GIEI for Nicaragua at the Organization of American States. Previously, he served as the Regional Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights for South America. He was also the Representative in Mexico and Guatemala and Deputy Director of the Office in Colombia. He previously served as Deputy Commissioner of the International Commission against impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) and in several other United Nations peacekeeping, political affairs and public security posts. He holds a law degree from the University of Buenos Aires.