Weekly Report - 07 April 2022 (WR-22-14)

NICARAGUA: UN to probe alleged human rights abuses

Last week the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted a resolution establishing a Group of Experts to investigate alleged human rights violations committed in Nicaragua since April 2018, when the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) government led by President Daniel Ortega began a crackdown on its opponents following the eruption of social unrest. The mechanism launched by the 31 March resolution has been hailed by rights groups as a major step in establishing accountability for the deteriorating human rights situation, which has worsened in the context of the November 2021 general election, with opposition figures arrested and prosecuted, and democratic institutions further dismantled.

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