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Instilling terror: From lethal force to persecution in Nicaragua

From the beginning of June, the government of President Daniel Ortega intensified its strategy for repression in a so-called “clean-up” operation, targeting protesters with arbitrary arrests, torture, and the widespread and indiscriminate use of lethal force by police and heavily armed pro-government groups, said Amnesty International today in a new report.

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Urgent Action: Wave of Detentions of Students and Activists (Nicaragua: UA 169.18)

Detention of student leaders and other social activists have increased in Nicaragua as the government persists in its strategy of persecution and criminalization as a punishment against those taking part in nationwide protests.

September 2, 2018 • Press Release

Costa Rica: Amnesty International delegation to meet Vice President to discuss the situation in Nicaragua

An Amnesty International delegation led by Americas Director Erika Guevara-Rosas will travel to San José from 3 to 6 September to discuss the human rights crisis in Nicaragua with Costa Rican officials, including a meeting with the Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Epsy Campbell Barr, on 4 September.

August 31, 2018 • Press Release

Nicaragua: In its attempt to avoid international scrutiny, government makes apparent its responsibility for human rights violations

Following the decision of President Daniel Ortega’s government to expel the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights mission one day after the presentation of its report “Human Rights Violations and Abuses in the Context of the Protests in Nicaragua”, on the serious crisis which the country has been facing since 18 April of this year, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International, said:

July 25, 2018 • Press Release

Nicaragua: Amnesty International condemns killing of Brazilian medical student

In response to the fatal shooting of the Brazilian medical student Raynéia Gabrielle Lima in Nicaragua on 23 July, Jurema Werneck, executive director of Amnesty International Brazil, said: “The repression of the civilian population and the violation of the right to protest in Nicaragua is unacceptable. The killing of the Brazilian national Raynéia Gabrielle Lima occurred at a time when violent …

July 18, 2018 • Press Release

Nicaragua: Government must end repression after three months of senseless slaughter

Three months after the government of President Daniel Ortega first unleashed its lethal strategy of repression on student demonstrators on 18 April, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International, said: “Three months after the state repression began in Nicaragua, around 300 people have been killed – the vast majority of them by police or pro-government …

July 10, 2018 • Press Release

Nicaragua: State repression has reached deplorable levels

The repressive actions of the Nicaraguan government have reached deplorable levels, Amnesty International said today, after one of the bloodiest weekends since the repression of protests began almost three months ago.

July 3, 2018 • Press Release

Nicaragua: Government commitment to dialogue appears insincere

In response to the constant repression of the Nicaraguan population by the government of President Daniel Ortega, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said:

June 22, 2018 • Press Release

Nicaragua: Government’s shameful denial of human rights violations is part of its strategy of repression

In response to the government of President Daniel Ortega’s outright rejection of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights’ report on grave human rights violations committed in the context of the recent protests in Nicaragua, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said: “It’s shameful that the government of President Ortega is denying the undeniable. There …

June 21, 2018 • Press Release

Nicaragua: Violence and state repression intensify despite numerous efforts at dialogue

Nicaragua remains mired in an ongoing cycle of violence, despite numerous efforts by Nicaraguan civil society for national dialogue and calls from international organizations to stop the grave violations of human rights committed by state agents and affiliated groups. Amnesty International has continued to monitor and document the grave human rights crisis in the country …