Bachelet denounced the murder of people during protests against Daniel Ortega


The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, denounced that her office has «corroborated information» on homicides and attempted homicide between June and July against people who have demonstrated against the Government of Nicaragua, the agency said. International news, EFE.

The events occurred in the department of Jinotega (border with Honduras) and «in at least three cases – two of them in the (Honduran) municipality of Trojes – it was confirmed that the victims had actively participated in the 2018 protests,» he said. .

Bachelet referred to this information in the presentation of the report prepared by a team from his office on the situation in Nicaragua before the UN Human Rights Council.

The document was made public on September 6 and Bachelet mentioned it three days later in a session in which Nicaragua was also able to intervene, criticize its content and deny the accusations.

On the murders in remote areas and in neighboring Honduras, Bachelet asked the Nicaraguan Government to urgently investigate these crimes and punish those responsible.

Regarding the written version of the report, the high commissioner added that while 492 people arrested during the protests were released, there are more than 100 who remain in prison for participating in demonstrations this year.

As highlights of his report, Bachelet said that the civic space has been greatly reduced in the wake of the political crisis and that this situation has not improved today, which is evidenced in the severe restriction of freedom of expression and of association.

Nor has the harassment of activists and community leaders, indigenous and Afro-descendants who had critical positions towards the government of Daniel Ortega, who sent his advisory minister to the Presidency of Nicaragua for International Relations, Valdrack Jaentschke, to Geneva respond to These complaints.

The senior official began the defense of his government claiming not to look back «but the current reality» that, according to him, is very different and in which all fundamental rights are respected.