Following the approval of an amnesty law by the Nicaraguan assembly, 56 people were released on 11 June 2019, including student leaders Amaya Coppens and Christopher Olivas, and journalists Lucía Pineda Ubau and Miguel Mora. However, dozens of people remain in prison, and the recently approved amnesty law would continue to endanger the truth, justice and reparation of the victims of the crisis. We urge the Nicaraguan authorities to immediately release and drop all charges all those detained solely on the grounds of the exercise of their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.
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 …
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.”
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 …
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.