NICARAGUA HUMAN RIGHTS
Managua, Feb 21 (EFE) .- A coalition of international and Nicaraguan NGOs asked the UN Human Rights Council on Monday to “take firm measures” against the State of Nicaragua for not stopping or repairing the “serious violations” of human rights that occur in the Central American country since April 2018.
“Given that Nicaragua continues to fail to comply with its human rights obligations, the members of the Council must take firm measures to break the cycle of impunity and lay the foundations for future accountability,” urged that coalition of NGOs, called ” Collective 46/2” in honor of the resolution adopted at the UN in March 2021.
“It is time for the Council to establish an international mechanism to investigate the serious human rights violations in Nicaragua since April 2018, identify the perpetrators and preserve the evidence, all with a gender and intersectional perspective,” she advocated.
The member states of the Human Rights Council are due to review resolution 46/2 in March.
NICARAGUA HAS DISMANTLED THE RULE OF LAW
In a statement, that group explained that it had prepared an evaluation of three chapters on the level of compliance with the resolution by Nicaragua and it concluded that, since April 2021, “the State has not taken any steps to comply with the recommendations of the Human Rights Council, on the contrary, has taken steps in the opposite direction.”
“The authorities have not only suppressed fundamental freedoms and dismantled the rule of law. They have also continued to dismantle socioeconomic rights, intensifying the risk of human rights defenders,” said the director of the program for Central America and Mexico of the Center for Justice and International Law (Cejil), Claudia Paz y Paz.
According to Paz y Paz, in Nicaragua “the risk of human rights defenders, especially women, has intensified, causing massive displacements and encouraging more violence and discrimination against the peoples.”
“The state’s continued disregard for dialogue with the UN has been evidenced in the refusal to answer questions from an expert committee on socio-economic rights and ignoring the recommendations of the UN Human Rights Council over the past three years. ”, pointed out, for her part, the coordinator for Latin America of the Center for Civil and Political Rights (CCPR-Center), Mariel Merayo.
“ORTEGA HAS NO INTENTION TO REVERSE THE COURSE”
For Juan Carlos Arce, member of the coordination council and coordinator of organizational strengthening of the Nicaragua Never Again Collective, President Daniel Ortega “has made it clear that he has no intention of reversing course.”
“However, the perpetrators of serious human rights violations cannot hide forever: the UN must sow the seeds for future accountability, both in Nicaragua and anywhere in the world, through other international access mechanisms. justice,” he commented.
He noted that the State of Nicaragua “has had ample opportunities to engage in good faith with the international community,” but, on the contrary, it has rejected “each and every one of them.”
“Nicaraguan leaders have preferred to redouble the repression of human rights and silence any form of dissidence,” noted Raphael Viana, head of programs at the International Service for Human Rights.
“The international community must establish a mechanism that guarantees the collection of evidence so that justice and the rule of law are restored in Nicaragua,” he added.
This is the third evaluation published by Colectivo 46/2, which analyzes the October-December 2021 period, including the November electoral process in which Ortega was re-elected for his fifth, fourth consecutive and second term together with his wife, Rosario. Murillo, as vice president, with her main contenders in prison or in exile.