High Commissioner Volker Türk on Nicaragua: Climate of Oppression Has Only Intensified
The climate of oppression has only intensified in Nicaragua, with a "systematic effort to stifle opponents and dissidents," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk at the UN Human Rights Council's special session on Nicaragua on Thursday, December 15. Likewise, member countries of the Council and civil society organizations called for continued international scrutiny.
"We believe in a Nicaragua without dictatorship, where everyone can participate in the life of their community and express what they think. A Nicaragua in which the human rights of all people are guaranteed and those who speak out when they are violated are protected. A country in which truth and justice are guaranteed without exception, especially towards those groups that have historically been discriminated against"
The UN Human Rights Council will examine the situation in Nicaragua again in March 2022. It is time to respond more forcefully and create an international mechanism to investigate the serious human rights violations that have taken place in the country since April 2018, as well as its structural causes, and that those responsible be identified.
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Oral update of July 10,2019
“The OHCHR urges the authorities to engage in a genuine, meaningful and inclusive dialogue to meet the legitimate demands of the public for justice and reparation, and to undertake institutional and electoral reforms. Following the expulsion of the OHCHR at the end of August 2018, a dedicated team of the OHCHR in Panama has been remotely monitoring the human rights situation in Nicaragua. As established by resolution 46/2, they continue to try to regain access to the country."
The situation in Nicaragua has been monitored by the Human Rights Council for more than three years:
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April 4, 2019: Approval of Resolution 40/2. Promotion and protection of human fights in Nicaragua
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Situation of human rights in Nicaragua Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Rights, September 17, 2019
Request to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to prepare a comprehensive written report on the situation of human rights in Nicaragua and present it to the Human Rights Council at its 42nd session, to be followed by an interactive dialogue, and to orally present to the Council, at its 41st and 43rd sessions, updated information on the situation of human rights.
Framework of Evaluation
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