Two officials of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights denounced Friday the human rights violations that have occurred in Nicaragua in the context of the protests against the Government are “very serious” and “unacceptable.”
The UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Kate Gilmore, and the Head of the Americas, Europe and Central Asia branch of the UN, José María Aranaz, made their interventions during the presentation of the final report of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) in a parallel event to the UN Human Rights Council held in Geneva, Switzerland.
“Each and every one of the people in Nicaragua, and beyond the region, have the right to have their rights respected. And when there is evidence that these rights are being violated, we must speak clearly, that is the role of this Human Rights Council,” said Gilmore, who noted that thanks to the collaboration that exists between her office and the IACHR, the UN has “Good reasons” to believe that “things are far from good for the people of Nicaragua”.
Gilmore explained during her speech that in Nicaragua the repression is “serious” since “people are losing their lives, the voices of people are being suppressed, and the population’s opportunity to have independent judicial reviews on the use is not respected. of force by military and police authorities. ”
In addition, she underscored the right of the Nicaraguan population to have “a fair and impartial review, when the evidence suggests that the government is not respecting their rights.”
Aranaz, meanwhile, said that the conclusions of the report of the IACHR, which accounts for more than 212 deaths and 1,400 injuries resulting from state repression of demonstrators, “cannot be ignored and highlight violations of rights very serious human rights that merit careful monitoring by the international community”.
Aranaz reported that the UN deployed another team on Friday in Nicaragua, which will give continuity to the work done by the officials who arrived last Tuesday in the country.
He explained that this new team will work during the next week in Nicaragua, and then another “medium term” mission will be held for three months to follow up on both the investigations and the dialogue process.
“Our task at this moment is to define how we can contribute to a process that helps the two fundamental challenges facing Nicaraguan society: first, truth and justice towards the victims, towards the families, and second, contribute to a process of dialogue that will only be credible if it is accompanied by the previous phase of justice and truth,” said Aranaz.
Paulo Abrāo, executive secretary of the IACHR, revealed on Friday that he will arrive in Nicaragua on Sunday along with the rapporteur of the IACHR for Nicaragua, Antonia Urrejola, with the objective of installing the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) as of July 3.
Source (in Spanish): El Nuevo Diario