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Urgent Action Update: Activists Detained in Nicaragua (Nicaragua: UA 82.19)

On 14 November 2019, the Nicaraguan police detained and imprisoned at least 13 activists while leaving the San Miguel Parish Church in Masaya (Nicaragua). The activists were giving water to a group of people on hunger strike to demand the release of their relatives, who were detained for participating in the protests of 18 April 2018. The protests broke out following the government’s attempt to implement unpopular and non-consulted social security reforms and were met with violent repression. We urge the Nicaraguan authorities to drop all charges and immediately release all those detained solely on the grounds of exercising their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

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Amnesty International Statement for Hearing on “Crushing Dissent: The Ongoing Crisis in Nicaragua”

For PDF version, click here: 06.10.2019 Amnesty International Statement for WHEM Subcommittee Hearing on Nicaragua   June 10, 2019   Rep. Albio Sires Chair   Rep. Francis Rooney Ranking Member   House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Civilian Security, and Trade   Re: Amnesty International Statement for Hearing on “Crushing Dissent: The Ongoing Crisis …

May 2, 2019 • Press Release

Nicaragua: Ortega government continues to violate the right to freedom of press

Ahead of World Press Freedom Day and more than a year since the Nicaraguan government launched its strategy of repression against the protests that began on 18 April 2018, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said:

April 25, 2019 • Press Release

Nicaragua: Still governing by repression a year after crisis began

A year after the beginning of the crisis in Nicaragua, President Ortega’s government is continuing its strategy of repression and human rights violations, despite the many calls from international organizations and the determined efforts of civil society to find a swift solution that upholds the rights of the population.

April 15, 2019 • Press Release

Nicaragua: State must put an end to a year of brutal repression

Ahead of the first anniversary of the Nicaraguan government’s violent crackdown on protests over social security reforms on 18 April 2018 – the beginning of a dark chapter of state repression that continues to this day – Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said:

March 25, 2019 • Press Release

Costa Rica: Authorities must guarantee the human rights of people fleeing the crisis in Nicaragua

The international community must support Costa Rica in its efforts to receive, protect and support people fleeing the human rights crisis in Nicaragua, said Amnesty International today.

March 21, 2019 • Press Release

Nicaragua: UN Human Rights Council takes important step to address human rights crisis

In response to the resolution that the United Nations Human Rights Council passed today to put in place monitoring and reporting on the ongoing human rights crisis in Nicaragua, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said:

March 7, 2019 • Press Release

Nicaragua: Respect for human rights is key to resolving crisis

In the context of the 40th session of the UN Human Rights Council, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, has said: “The human rights situation in Nicaragua continues to deteriorate badly. Despite the apparent calm, there are constant allegations of arbitrary detention and torture of people deprived of their liberty. The civil society organizations whose legal registration was canceled by the government are still unable to work freely in the country and the harassment of journalists and human rights defenders has not stopped either.”

December 21, 2018 • Press Release

Nicaragua: Report affirms the government of President Ortega has committed crimes against humanity

In response to the publication of the “Report on the Acts of Violence Occurred Between April 18 and May 30, 2018 in Nicaragua,” by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI-Nicaragua) today, Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said: “The damning report by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts reveals that the government of …

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Urgent Action Update: Human Rights Organizations at Risk (Nicaragua: UA 160.18)

As the National Assembly approved cancelling the legal registration of the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH), the National Police broke into their offices, and the premises of other three human rights organisations and an independent newspaper. These recent attacks are examples of the continued strategy of repression by the Nicaraguan state against journalists and human rights defenders.

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