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.