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Latin America debate

The geopolitical impact of China, the US and Europe and the role of the Netherlands

Monday 25th October 14.30- 19.00 - Join us at Nieuwspoort The Hague or online

After the democratization process in Latin America, and the end of the wars and dictatorships, Latin America became an important and likeminded ally for the EU and the Netherlands. Furthermore, Latin America is of importance in providing raw materials from mining and agriculture.

Nevertheless, the worrisome political and economic developments in Latin America and changing geopolitical relations show that we have to update our knowledge and understanding of Latin America and maybe even redefine our role in the region.

We would like to invite you to Linking Latin America, a debate program on current developments in Latin America and the geopolitical impact of China, the US and Europe and the role of the Netherlands.

Join us in Nieuwspoort The Hague 25 October, or watch the live stream starts at 14.30, that will be available to watch later too (plenary part of the programme only):


About us

A group of Dutch organizations (CNV Internationaal, NIMD, PAX, Free Press Unlimited, Both ENDS, Impunity Watch, Support Group Nicaragua) work together to raise knowledge and awareness on developments in Latin America and analyse the effects of Dutch and EU policy in Latin America and the other way around.



Pre- programme 13.00- 14.00

Movies that Matter film and discussion Guatemala (in Dutch ! )


Organized by Impunity Watch and CNV International ("brown bag" you can bring your own lunch, coffee/tea available) 

Commissioned by union CGTG and CNV International, a special documentary was made about union work in Central American Guatemala, a country where union leaders are not sure of their lives.

The documentary shows through the eyes of 80-year-old union leader Pepe Pinzón and younger union leader Luis Cortéz that trade unions are vital, in a country where people are confronted daily with injustice on the shop floor and the plantations, repression and lawlessness.

After the film, journalist Edwin Koopman leads a panel discussion with Marielos Loch of AMDE, an organization of family members of victims of disappearances. Many victims were involved in actions against exploitation on sugarcane plantations in the 1980s. Impunity Watch supports AMDE's fight for justice and truth.


Main debate programme (in English)

14.30 - 14.45

Elles van Ark (CNV Internationaal) and Thijs Berman (NIMD)

14.45 - 15.15

Keynote – Barbara Hogenboom - Changing relations between Latin America, US, EU and China

Dr Hogenboom is professor of Latin American Studies at the University of Amsterdam's and director of the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA).

Keynote – Carlos Dada – Geopolitical changes, and the effect on rule of law, media and democracy

Carlos Dada, El Salvador, is the founder and director of the news website El Faro, which has become a reference for independent and high quality journalism in Central America since 1998 and is known for its investigations of corruption and violence.

15.15 - 16.00 

Debate and responses from Dutch MPs with Ruben Brekelmans,  Jorien Wuite and others

16.00 - 16.30


16.30 - 18.00

Breakout sessions


Ø Session 1 International trade and extractive industries

With Mario Valencia from Cedetrabajo on the sustainability chapter, Joseph Wilde (researcher SOMO) on human rights due diligence, responsible disengagement and Just Transition and Sara Murawski (coördinator Handel Anders Coalitie) On the MercoSur negotiations, human rights and just energy transition and Edwin Koopman, journalist (moderator).

Ø Session 2 Civic space, protest and repression

With Colombian Milton Puertas from Citizen Diplomacy on sanctions, political analysts and gender experts Juan Melendez (NIMD El Salvador) and journalist Carlos Dada on shrinking democratic space, and Angela Rodriguez (NIMD Colombia) on protest and inclusive democracy, and Heleen Schrooyen, (NIMD) moderator.

Ø Session 3 Rule of law, state capture & international crime

With Guatemalan rule of law expert Claudia Escobar on corruption and impunity, Venezuelan political analyst Mariana Vahlis on rule of law and democratic space and Dutch scholars Kees Koonings and Julienne Weegels on the interconnectedness of governance, rule of law and violence, Marlies Stappers (Impunity Watch), moderator.

18.00 - 19.00

Closure and drinks




Practical Information

Please note 

We must comply with the corona rules that will then apply.
Currently, to gain access to Nieuwspoort a QR code (digitally via the CoronaCheck app or printed) or a valid recovery certificate or a negative test result no more than 24 hours old must be shown in combination with proof of identity. 

Dutch (and is the language during the film programme. English is the language during the debate.

Admission is free, including coffee and tea. There is no lunch available, but you can, if you wish, have a sandwich or something similar (which you brought yourself) during the film ("brown bag.")

Registration is necessary, also due to the limited number of places.
For any questions, or if you might be unable to attend, please send a message to

Live streaming

The plenary part of the main programme will also be available via live streaming: 

Publication date: 2021-10-06

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