06/13/2019

Urgent Action: Dozens of People Remain in Detention (Nicaragua: UA 82.19)


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.

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Daniel Ortega Saavedra
President of Nicaragua
c/o Minister for Foreign Affairs
Del cine González 1 c. al Sur,
sobre Avenida Bolivar,
Managua, Nicaragua
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @DenisCanciller
Ambassador Francisco Obadiah Campbell Hooker
Embassy of Nicaragua
1627 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington DC 20009
Phone: 202 939 6570 I Fax: 202 939 6545
Email: [email protected], [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear President Ortega,

I write to express my concern about the continued persecution and criminalization strategy in Nicaragua since April 2018. Following the approval of an amnesty law by the Nicaraguan assembly, 56 people were released on 11 June 2019. However, dozens of people remain in prison, despite calls from the Human Rights Council and the OAS Permanent Council for their release, and the Nicaraguan government’s commitment to free them all by 18 June 2019. Furthermore, the new amnesty law would continue to endanger truth, justice, and reparation for the victims of the crisis.

I urge you to immediately release and drop all charges of all detained solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly since 18 April 2018, in accordance with international standards and guarantee that amnesty is not provided to any person responsible for serious human rights violations.

Yours sincerely,

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