We regret the suspension of the recently-resumed political dialogue. The Government must engage constructively and honour its commitments under the roadmap for dialogue. The release of some political prisoners was a positive step, however, many remain under house arrest and must be released unconditionally.
We remain concerned by the repression and the arbitrary use of force against peaceful protesters, journalists and human rights defenders, treatment of political detainees and the disproportionate use of terrorism charges to criminalise dissent. We urge Nicaragua to allow the OHCHR access to the country and to ensure progress is made on electoral reforms, including the OAS recommendations.
Disbanding paramilitaries, preventing excessive use of force by police and investigating perpetrators to protect the right to association and peaceful assembly.
Ceasing harassment of and political pressure on journalists and the press and reducing import restrictions on journalistic supplies and equipment to strengthen protection of freedom of expression
Strengthen efforts to combat human trafficking through implementation of the Anti-trafficking Act and improving measures to prosecute offenders and protect victims.