Security & Strategic Review - March 2021

NICARAGUA: Another source of human rights concerns

Last month United Nations (UN) human rights expert Mary Lawlor condemned the murder of indigenous environmental defender Nacilio Macario on Nicaragua's northern Caribbean coast, urging the government led by President Daniel Ortega to investigate his killing and bring those responsible to justice. Human rights groups have been focusing on the crackdown which the Ortega government has been carrying out on its political opponents since April 2018, whom it accuses of trying to carry out a coup, and recent legislation denounced as repressive by the opposition [SSR-21-02]. However, attacks targeting indigenous groups, particularly the Mayangna and Mískitu, who mainly live in Nicaragua’s north Atlantic autonomous region (Raan), have also drawn international concern over the past year.

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