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Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Insists On Entering Nicaragua

"They do not have the credibility of the entire population," says the IACHR

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) reiterated to the Government of Nicaragua its application to enter the country to investigate the deaths, disappearances, apprehensions and injuries left by the April protest day, considering that the actions taken internally “They do not have the credibility of the entire population.”

This April 24, 2018 photo, demonstrators protest in honor of those who have died during anti-government protests in Managua, Nicaragua. (AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga, File)

“We reiterate categorically and urgently our request for consent to conduct a visit to Nicaragua in order to verify the events that occurred in the repression of protests and the measures taken subsequently,” the IACHR published in its official Twitter account.

The IACHR claims to have received “worrying” information that indicates that some relatives of the people killed during the protests “were forced not to file complaints to be handed over the bodies.”

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On April 26, the IACHR asked the government for permission to enter the country and investigate what happened, but replied that they must “wait for the internal processes.”

In this regard, the Commission maintains that “the investigations initiated in Nicaragua on deaths and injuries in the repression of protests do not have the credibility of the entire Nicaraguan population.”

Urgent guarantee of rights

Violence in Nicaragua, according to the IACHR, particularly affects children and adolescents. “We urge the State to adopt immediate measures to guarantee their rights to life and integrity, and their right to freedom of expression without reprisals of any kind.”

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The international organization said that since the protests began in Nicaragua “there are people who were arrested and remain unaccounted for. We urge the State to guarantee them humane treatment and offer family members accurate information regarding the reason and place of detention. ”

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At the same time he called on the State of Nicaragua to open itself to international scrutiny, “which will contribute to the establishment of a constructive dialogue in Nicaragua.”

Antonia Urrejola, rapporteur of the IACHR for Nicaragua, declared that “countries advance when the truth is known and those responsible are sanctioned”, referring to the investigation of deaths in the protests.

They ask for inclusive dialogue

The national dialogue that is established in Nicaragua, in the opinion of the IACHR, must be inclusive and credible on the part of all sectors and reiterated its willingness to support the process.

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Barricades in Monimbó and Sandino with red and black handkerchief in Niquinohomo

Through an open petition on the change.org platform, almost 10,000 Nicaraguans have asked to allow the IACHR’s visit. On the other hand, the university students united in a student coalition, demanded that the government allow the entrance of the organism as one of its conditions to join the dialogue.

Source (in Spanish): El Nuero Diario

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