In the midst of the crisis in Nicaragua, human rights of indigenous and Afro-descendants continue to be violated

In the midst of the crisis in Nicaragua, human rights of indigenous and Afro-descendants continue to be violated

English, Español, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Spanish, Spanish
Washington, D.C. August 14th, 2019. Repression and extrajudicial killings that occurred in several cities in Nicaragua since April 2018, especially in the urban areas of the Pacific and central zone of Nicaragua, were behaviors already known by the indigenous and Afro-descendant communities of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. “We have already lived through these forms of repression in our communities since 2015” although under different motivations, affirms the president of the Center for Justice and Human Rights of Nicaragua's Atlantic Coast (CEJUDHCAN, for its initials in Spanish), Lottie Cunningham. In the midst of the socio-political and human rights crisis that Nicaragua is going through, the rights of indigenous and Afro-descendant people continue to be predominantly violated in two ways: for the violation of their self-determination and autonomy, and for the lack…
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Crisis in Nicaragua: extrajudicial killings, detentions and persecution continue

Crisis in Nicaragua: extrajudicial killings, detentions and persecution continue

English, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Spanish
Washington, D.C. July 30th, 2019. A resurgence of the human rights crisis that Nicaragua has suffered since April 2018 has taken place in recent weeks with the occurrence of extrajudicial killings and arbitrary detentions committed by police and parastatal armed groups, especially in rural areas, as well as the persecution of human rights defenders and journalists. Extrajudicial killings The selective persecution of peasants and social leaders in rural areas is not new, since the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH, for its initials in Spanish) has documented its occurrence since 2007. However, the executive director of CENIDH, Marlin Sierra, points out that this type of case has been a continuation of the actions that were carried out in previous years. “The pattern they are using is the same: these are people…
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Venezuela, Nicaragua and LGBTI issues: key points of the 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council

Venezuela, Nicaragua and LGBTI issues: key points of the 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council

English, Español, IACHR, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, OAS, ONU, Spanish, UN
Geneva, July 16th 2019.  A report on the human rights situation in Venezuela presented by the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and an update on the state of human rights in Nicaragua presented by Deputy High Commissioner Kate Gilmore, as well as the mandate renewal of the UN independent expert on sexual orientation and gender identity, were all key agenda items during the 41st session of the UN Human Rights Council. The 41st session of the Human Rights Council, which took place between June 24 and July 12 at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, was marked by the Latin American agenda. In her opening speech, Bachelet expressed concern about the setbacks experienced in Latin America that affect important achievements made by victims, human rights defenders and political…
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Renewed threats against Afro-Colombian leaders put their lives at risk

Renewed threats against Afro-Colombian leaders put their lives at risk

CIDH, Colombia, Colombia, English, Español, Spanish
Bogota, 15 July 2019.  Afrocolombian leaders were declared “military targets” by the clandestine group Aguilas Negras (Black Eagles) in a text message received July 13, 2019. The text included an ultimatum for the members of the Consejo Comunitario de las Comunidades Negras (Communal Councils of Black Communities) in La Toma to leave their territory within 72 hours because of their “disobedience” and their “opposition to development.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_cta h2=" “Your debt is still not paid…each one of you son-of-bitches Blacks is a military target, just like all those toads that you care for, so you will die. AGUILAS NEGRAS ARE HERE,” the message reads." txt_align="center" use_custom_fonts_h2="true"][/vc_cta][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] This message is the latest incident in a pattern of persecution and harassment. Afro-Colombian human rights defenders, including the “Environmental Nobel” (Goldman Prize) honoree Francia Márquez,…
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“The situation in Nicaragua continues to be critical,” says the OHCHR

“The situation in Nicaragua continues to be critical,” says the OHCHR

English, Nicaragua, NIcaragua, Spanish, UN
The United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kate Gilmore, said today before the UN Human Rights Council that the situation in Nicaragua remains critical: authorities continue to repress peaceful protest and dissent, at least 80 people who participated in protests remain in detention, human rights defenders and community leaders continue to be threatened and harassed, and journalists continue to be targets of threats and censorship. “One year after the violent repression of nationwide demonstrations, which resulted in more than 300 people killed, 2,000 injured and over 70,000 people going into exile, human rights violations committed in that context remain unaccounted for”, explained Gilmore, in an oral update held this Wednesday. This update takes place as a follow-up measure to the resolution “Promotion and protection of human rights in…
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