OHCHR / BACHELET NICARAGUA

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At the 47th session of the Human Rights Council, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, expressed concern about an “accelerated deterioration in the human rights situation” in Nicaragua and said, “this makes it less possible for Nicaraguans to fully exercise their political rights in the 7 November elections." UNTV CH

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DATELINE: 22 JUN 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / FILE

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RECENT, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, exterior Palais des Nations

22 JUN 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, Human Rights Council
3. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
"Since my last report on Nicaragua to this Council on 23 February, my Office has observed a worrying and accelerated deterioration in the human rights situation. This makes it less possible for Nicaraguans to fully exercise their political rights in the 7 November elections."
4. Med shot, journalists
5. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
"From 2 to 13 June, the National Police and the Public Prosecutor's Office have arrested several members of the opposition: four people who had made public their intention to run for president, five other leaders and four political leaders, and a former union leader. Their arrests, under ambiguous criminal concepts and without sufficient evidentiary evidence, were marked by serious violations of procedural guarantees."
6. Med shot, journalist
7. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
"We continue to document cases of arbitrary arrests, assaults and harassment by the National Police. This points to the systematic repression of attempts by victims and civil society organizations to protest in public spaces, thus violating their right to freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly. It even prevented family members from commemorating the third anniversary of the death of their loved ones."
8. Med shot, journalists
9. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
"A significant number of human rights defenders, social and political leaders, lawyers, students, and peasants reported to my Office that they were the victims of persistent harassment by the police in the vicinity of their residences or the headquarters of their organizations. On several occasions, the police prevented them from leaving their homes, violating their right to freedom of movement. In addition, in some cases, they also reported, the harassment by people dressed in civilian clothes. In addition, there were public statements by authorities and some pro-government media stigmatizing people perceived as opponents. They include threats on social media, and harassment against independent media and journalists, including through their involvement in the criminal investigations mentioned above. The above actions as a whole generate a climate of fear that inhibits the exercise of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, association and expression, which are essential to ensure a credible, free and equitable electoral process."
10. Wide shot, HRC
11. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Michelle Bachelet UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
"Given this scenario, I call on the Government of Nicaragua to make an urgent change in the course of action it is taking in the face of the electoral process. This implies, at the very least: the immediate release of all persons arbitrarily detained; cease all acts of persecution against dissenting voices; to re-establish the rights and freedoms that make possible a free, credible and equitable electoral process; and repeal legislation restricting civic and democratic space."
12. Wide shot, HRC

STORYLINE:

At the 47th session of the Human Rights Council, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet,today (22 Jun) expressed concern about an “accelerated deterioration in the human rights situation” in Nicaragua and said, “this makes it less possible for Nicaraguans to fully exercise their political rights in the 7 November elections."

Presenting an oral update on the situation of human rights in the Central American country, Bachelet said, "from 2 to 13 June, the National Police and the Public Prosecutor's Office have arrested several members of the opposition: four people who had made public their intention to run for president, five other leaders and four political leaders, and a former union leader. Their arrests, under ambiguous criminal concepts and without sufficient evidentiary evidence, were marked by serious violations of procedural guarantees."

She said, "we continue to document cases of arbitrary arrests, assaults and harassment by the National Police. This points to the systematic repression of attempts by victims and civil society organizations to protest in public spaces, thus violating their right to freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly. It even prevented family members from commemorating the third anniversary of the death of their loved ones."

The High Commissioner noted that “a significant number of human rights defenders, social and political leaders, lawyers, students, and peasants reported to my Office that they were the victims of persistent harassment by the police in the vicinity of their residences or the headquarters of their organizations,” adding that “on several occasions, the police prevented them from leaving their homes, violating their right to freedom of movement.

In addition, she said, “there were public statements by authorities and some pro-government media stigmatizing people perceived as opponents. They include threats on social media, and harassment against independent media and journalists, including through their involvement in the criminal investigations mentioned above,” generating “a climate of fear that inhibits the exercise of the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, association and expression, which are essential to ensure a credible, free and equitable electoral process."

Bachelet called on the Government of Nicaragua “to make an urgent change in the course of action it is taking in the face of the electoral process,” including “the immediate release of all persons arbitrarily detained; cease all acts of persecution against dissenting voices; to re-establish the rights and freedoms that make possible a free, credible and equitable electoral process; and repeal legislation restricting civic and democratic space."
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