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Weekly Report - 08 April 2021 (WR-21-14)

NICARAGUA: Killing of opposition leader sparks fresh outrage

Ernesto Jarquín, a well-known opponent of President Daniel Ortega and his government, was recently shot dead in Mulukukú municipality in the North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN) by an unknown assailant. His killing, which human rights groups such as Organización de Víctimas de Abril (OVA) describe as an “assassination”, comes as civil-society groups warn of increasing repression ahead of the November general election in which Ortega is seeking a further term, and as the human rights situation in Nicaragua continues to draw international concern.

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