With Repression and Violence, the Ortega Regime Again Violates the Rule of Law in Nicaragua

With Repression and Violence, the Ortega Regime Again Violates the Rule of Law in Nicaragua

Nicaragua
Once again, the Ortega-Murillo Administration committed acts of repression against Nicaraguans peacefully participating on October 14 in a civil march, entitled “United for Liberty.” Activists and human rights defenders participated in the march calling for peace, justice, and liberty for the more than 400 political prisoners in Nicaragua. While activists and well-known human rights defenders peacefully demanded that the Ortega regime free political prisoners, heavily armed anti-riot police violently attacked the demonstrators. According to an official communication from the police, the march constituted an instigating and provoking activity that obstructed the right to peace and freedom of movement of Nicaraguan families trying to carry out their daily activities. The communication indicated that 38 people were captured, 8 of which were released hours later. Among those detained include the political and…
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Nicaraguan journalists and human rights defenders denounce the Nicaraguan government’s use of violence and repression in response to public protests in a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Nicaraguan journalists and human rights defenders denounce the Nicaraguan government’s use of violence and repression in response to public protests in a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

English, IACHR, Nicaragua, OAS, OAS, Spanish
Boulder, Colorado. October 2, 2018. Journalists and human rights defenders participated in the 169th Period of Sessions of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) on October 2, 2018, where they denounced the violence and repression carried out by the government of President Daniel Ortega and Vice-President Rosario Murillo in response to the social protests in Nicaragua. Nicaragua is experiencing a grave human rights crisis that has plagued the country since April 18. Since then, the government of Daniel Ortega has used violence and repression against those who have chosen to exercise their right to peaceful protest. The situation has continued to deteriorate and public protests are now formally criminalized under a police decree issued on September 28. The decree blames public citizens for aggression and harm suffered by the…
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Unanimously Approved US Congressional Resolution Condemns Nicaraguan Governmental Repression Against Its Citizens

Unanimously Approved US Congressional Resolution Condemns Nicaraguan Governmental Repression Against Its Citizens

English, Nicaragua, OAS
On July 25, the United States House of Representatives voted and unanimously approved bipartisan resolution H.Res.981, condemning the violence and repression committed by the Nicaraguan Government of Daniel Ortega, which in the last three months has resulted in the deaths of 295 people, according to the latest update from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). The resolution was introduced by Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL-27) and co-sponsored by Rep. Ed Royce,(R-CA-39), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ-8), Ranking Member of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, among others. In a press release published after the passing of the resolution, Rep. Ros-Lehtinen condemned, on behalf of the co-sponsors of the resolution, the violence, persecution, intimidation and murders by the Government of Nicaragua against its citizens and pointed…
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In a time of grief and mourning, Ortega and Murillo celebrated the 39th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution

In a time of grief and mourning, Ortega and Murillo celebrated the 39th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution

English, Nicaragua
In the midst of grief and mourning over the massacre that has taken place in Nicaragua since the 18th of April, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and Vice-President Rosario Murillo celebrated the 39th anniversary of the Sandinista revolution. The celebration came a day after that the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) approved a resolution entitled “The Situation in Nicaragua,” in which 21 states condemned the humanitarian crisis and demanded that the national government end the violence and return to dialogue. Despite the violence that has taken the lives of more than three hundred people, injured more than fifteen hundred, and resulted in hundreds of illegal detentions, President Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo spoke to their supporters gathered in Juan Pablo II Square to tell their…
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Race and Equality supports a Nicaraguan delegation to the United Nation in Geneva, Switzerland

Race and Equality supports a Nicaraguan delegation to the United Nation in Geneva, Switzerland

Nicaragua, Spanish, UN, United Nations
June 2018 – The Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) supported a delegation of Nicaraguan human rights activists to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland  June 18-29 in order to raise awareness about the human rights situation  in Nicaragua before civil society representatives, governmental missions before the UN,  the UN System of Human Rights and the international community at large.   Among them,  Alexandra Salazar of the Network of Social Movements and Civil Society Organizations of Nicaragua, Oswaldo Montoya of the MenEngage Alliance, Ana Quirós of the Center for Health Information and Advisory Services (CISAS), and Anibal Toruño of Radio Darío. Over the course of the two-week trip, the Nicaraguan activists met with important international actors, which included staff of the Office of the High Commissioner of Human…
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