We continue demanding freedom, justice, and democracy for Nicaragua

We continue demanding freedom, justice, and democracy for Nicaragua

CIDH, Español, IACHR, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, OAS, OEA, ONU, Race and Equality, Regional, Spanish, UN
Washington, DC, April 18, 2019 – Today marks one year since a genuine popular uprising began in Nicaragua led by young people, which has ended up changing the country’s direction in pursuit of three concrete demands: freedom for those who have been arbitrarily arrested and the reestablishment of constitutional freedoms, rights, and guarantees; justice for the victims of the repression [and] guarantees of reparations and non-repetition; and democracy for the country. What has happened in Nicaragua Twelve months ago, a group of mostly university students together with older people organized protests in the cities of León and Managua due to some reforms that were made to the Social Security Law without holding consultations.  The repression on April 18, 2018 against older people, youth, and journalists by government-aligned mobs and groups…
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Remarks in Geneva: Need for International Guarantors to Ensure Respect for Human Rights in Nicaragua

Remarks in Geneva: Need for International Guarantors to Ensure Respect for Human Rights in Nicaragua

English, IACHR, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Regional, Spanish, UN
Two Nicaraguan human rights defenders, a journalist, and the relative of a political prisoner discussed on April 4th in Geneva, the current state of the deterioration of human rights in their country and asked for more pressure to be exerted on the Nicaraguan government to permit international guarantors to guarantee the agreements that emerge from the negotiations between the government and civil society. More than 40 diplomatic missions interested in knowing first-hand about the status of the crisis that began in April 2018 gathered at the event – “Rights, Reprisals, and Repression in Nicaragua” – hosted by the missions of the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Georgia in the Palace of Nations at the UN. As a result of violent State repression, 325 people have died and more than…
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Nicaraguan delegation describes the situation of its country to the UN Human Rights Council before the next UPR

Nicaraguan delegation describes the situation of its country to the UN Human Rights Council before the next UPR

English, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Regional, Spanish, UN
Geneva, April 3, 2019. In anticipation of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Nicaragua by the Human Rights Council in May, a group of human rights defenders and members of the Nicaraguan civil society described the current situation of their country to the international community in Geneva. The country has had a deep human rights crisis for almost a year. This UPR Pre-Session was attended by representatives of the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (Cenidh, for its initials in Spanish), Ipas Central America, the Women’s Autonomous Movement (MAM, for its initials in Spanish), the Del Rio Foundation, the Nicaraguan Platform of NGO Networks, the Center for Justice and Human Rights of Nicaragua’s Atlantic Coast (CEJUDHCAN, for its initials in Spanish), and the Marist International Solidarity Foundation (FMSI, for its initials…
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PRONOUNCEMENT: Negotiations in Nicaragua must prioritize respect for all human rights

PRONOUNCEMENT: Negotiations in Nicaragua must prioritize respect for all human rights

English, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Spanish
Washington, D.C. March 22, 2019. The Nicaraguan government and the Civic Alliance for Democracy and Justice resumed negotiations yesterday and agreed to discuss the following issues to ensure a fair and democratic solution to the ongoing human rights crisis that the country has been facing since April of last year: the release of political prisoners; the strengthening of constitutional rights and guarantees; the implementation of electoral reforms; the assurance of truth, justice, reparation, and non-repetition; and the development of mechanisms to implement the agreements. According to a joint statement published yesterday, the Nicaraguan authorities committed themselves to "release within a period of no more than ninety days all persons arrested and detained in the context of the events that occurred as of April 18, 2018, in accordance with the country’s…
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Race and Equality Recognizing the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Race and Equality Recognizing the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Brazil, Brazil, Colombia, Colombia, Cuba, English, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Panama, Panama, Peru
Message from Carlos Quesada – Executive Director Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights Today, March 21st, we again commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. In observing what is happening in the world and in our continent, I can only think about how discrimination, racism, xenophobia, and intolerance are gaining ground. They are highly present in the media, in politics, in our societies and in our daily lives. Fighting for the elimination of all forms of discrimination, xenophobia, homophobia, and intolerance is one of the fundamental pillars to promote social cohesion, the right to live, and diversity. I want to call attention to the fact that in our continent, only three countries have ratified the Inter-American Convention Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, and Related Intolerance: Costa Rica, Uruguay,…
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