Author: Report from Inter-American Commission on Human Rights | Reliefeweb
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Washington, D.C. – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) denounces the weakening of the rule of law in the face of the grave human rights crisis that began in the country on April 18, 2018. The IACHR urges the state of Nicaragua to restore conditions that guarantee the fundamental freedoms and human rights to its own people which are necessary for the democratic rule of law to remain in force.
The IACHR notes that the grave human rights crisis Nicaragua has been experiencing has extended for over eight months, following the de facto implementation of a state of exception that is characterized by the abusive use of public forces to repress dissidents, raids, the closure and censorship of media outlets, the imprisonment or exile of journalists and social leaders, and interference by the office of the president in other branches of government. These factors are perpetuating impunity around the human rights violations that took place during the recent state repression of protests that resulted in 325 deaths and over 2000 injuries, 550 arrests and prosecutions, the dismissal of 300 health professionals, and the expulsion of at least 144 students from the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN).