The Right to Protest: Social Conflict and Repression in the Americas

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ACLU of Northern CA

Matt Cagle, Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Attorney at the ACLU of Northern California, will be speaking on behalf of the ACLU about technology-based surveillance and its impact on protestors and communities vulnerable to government discrimination. This event will take place as part of a set of hearings hosted by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Matt will join a panel of civil society representatives in a discussion about protests in the context of political conflicts, struggles, and social resistance. The panel will discuss the different strategies used by protesters and the impact and responses to repressive government authority, including the use of surveillance and violence against the protesters themselves. Particular attention will be paid to the ways in which government surveillance impacts vulnerable groups and social sectors, whose opportunities to organize and advocate for change are acutely impacted by government action. Panelists and participants will share learnings and discuss strategies aimed at supporting and protecting the right of protest. 


  • Matt Cagle, Technology and Civil Liberties Policy Attorney, ACLU of Northern California
  • Sonia Alesso, Confederation of Argentinean Education Workers, CTERA.
  • Oscar Ayala, Coordinator of Human Rights for Paraguay, CODEHUPY.
  • Marta Dillon, The #NiUnaMenos movement.
  • Diego Montón, Latin American Coordinator of Rural Organizations, CLOC - Vía Campesina.
  • Moderator: María Esperanza Casullo. Professor at National University of Río Negro.


Teatro La Máscara @ Piedras 736

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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