MANAGUA – The Group of American States stated on Tuesday that Nicaragua was experiencing a “critical human rights situation” that had upset the nation’s constitutional order, following President Daniel Ortega’s crackdown on opponents.

Main demonstrations final yr left some 300 folks useless.

Protests – together with two starvation strikes by moms of detained activists – have began up once more in current days, resulting in clashes with Ortega supporters and arrests.

The report by a fee of the Washington-based OAS adopted United Nations criticism earlier in the day of the arrest of 16 anti-government protesters on prices it stated appeared “trumped-up.”

The OAS really useful a particular session of its normal meeting be convened instantly to assessment affairs in the nation.

“It is clear that Nicaragua is experiencing a critical human rights situation that urgently demands the attention of the Inter-American community and the world at large,” the OAS stated.

The Nicaraguan authorities didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. It has beforehand dismissed the creation of the OAS fee, viewing it as an try and intervene in its affairs.

A demonstrator wearing the national flag looks at pictures of protesters who died during the protests against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's government last year, in Managua, Nov. 2, 2019.
A demonstrator sporting the nationwide flag appears at photos of protesters who died throughout the protests towards Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s authorities final yr, in Managua, Nov. 2, 2019.

On Monday, Nicaraguan authorities stated the 16 detainees had been suspected of planning terrorist assaults in the Central American nation.

These detained embody distinguished scholar protesters similar to Nicaraguan and Belgian nationwide Amaya Coppens, who has been arrested beforehand.

Rupert Colville, a spokesman in Geneva for the U.N. Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights, informed reporters the arrests seemed like an try and silence criticism of the federal government.

“We are very concerned that these apparently trumped-up charges may constitute a renewed attempt to stifle dissent,” stated Colville.

He additionally urged the federal government to respect the rights of a separate group of starvation strikers in Managua’s cathedral.

Father Edwin Roman attempts to convince the police to allow relatives of imprisoned and dead anti-government demonstrators to enter the San Miguel Arcangel Church in Masaya, Nicaragua, Nov. 14, 2019.
Father Edwin Roman makes an attempt to persuade the police to permit kinfolk of imprisoned and useless anti-government demonstrators to enter the San Miguel Arcangel Church in Masaya, Nicaragua, Nov. 14, 2019.

The Roman Catholic Church on Monday accused teams linked to the federal government of beating a priest and violently taking management of the cathedral.

“We condemn these acts of desecration, harassment and intimidation, which are not contributing to the peace and stability of the country,” the Church stated in a press release.

On Monday, seven moms of individuals detained earlier by authorities had stated they might start a starvation strike in the cathedral to demand the discharge of their youngsters earlier than Christmas.

Colville stated everybody who could have been “arbitrarily detained” in the nation must be launched.

“The government must end the persistent repression of dissent and the ongoing pattern of arbitrary arrests,” he stated.


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