UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, called today for the UN and international community to take urgent, “concrete action” to address the human rights crisis in Nicaragua. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights released a report today on the situation in Nicaragua titled "Human rights violations and abuses in the context of protests in Nicaragua 18 April – 18 August 2018."
The following series of tweets by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights speaks volumes.
«Repression & retaliation against demonstrators continue in #Nicaragua as the world looks away. I urge @UN_HRC & the int'l community to take concrete action to prevent the crisis from descending into deeper social & political turmoil» — UN rights #Zeid: https://t.co/V7JD6kBtib pic.twitter.com/OBqD1odKBh— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) August 29, 2018
These are a remarkable series of tweets that indicate that events in Nicaragua are reaching a desperate state. Nevertheless the number of extrajudicial killings in the tweet below are much lower than current reports that place them at over 450.
#HumanRights crisis in #Nicaragua ➡️ some 300 people have reportedly been killed and 2,000 others injured, according to various sources. Most of the violence took place from mid-April to mid-July 2018. Read: https://t.co/V7JD6kBtib pic.twitter.com/Eu63qeVtZD— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) August 29, 2018
The exodus from Nicaragua is another sign of the draconian and repressive measures of the Sandinista regime led by Daniel Ortega.
One question that lingers and is cause for concern is that Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein will soon leave and be replaced by former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, who has a track record of looking the other way on human rights abuses in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua.#Nicaragua – action & accountability needed. Many people who participated in April protests, defended #HumanRights or expressed dissenting views, have been forced to hide/leave the country or are trying to do so – UN report: https://t.co/V7JD6kBtib pic.twitter.com/4SKcdhPaQE— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) August 29, 2018