UN studies to open international investigation on situation in Nicaragua

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights estimated Monday that the situation in Nicaragua “could well deserve” the creation of an international investigation.

“The seriousness of the situation may well merit the creation of an international commission of inquiry,” said High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein at the opening of the 38th session of the Human Rights Council.

Nicaragua is going through a deep crisis and is plunged into chaos after the repression on April 18 of demonstrations against the government of President Daniel Ortega.

Violence for two months “has killed at least 178 people, almost all at the hands of police forces and pro-government armed groups, including the alleged use of elite snipers, and at least 1,500 injured,” said Al Hussein.

The High Commissioner also said that he hoped that “the commitments assumed during the resumption of the national dialogue on June 15 will be respected, among them the cessation of all forms of violence (…) and the commitment to urge the High Commissioner to travel to the country”.

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