UN / NICARAGUA

16-Jul-2018 00:00:36
The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres deplored and condemned the ongoing violence against civilians, including against students, in Nicaragua. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / NICARAGUA
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 16 JULY 2018, NEW YORK CITY
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Exterior, United Nations Headquarters

16 JULY 2018, NEW YORK CITY

2. Various shots, briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General:
“The Secretary-General deplores and condemns the ongoing violence against civilians, including against students. He calls on the Nicaraguan Government to provide effective protection to its population against attacks, ensure respect for human rights and establish accountability for the violence. The use of lethal force is not only unacceptable but is also in itself an obstacle to obtaining a political solution to the current crisis."
4. Wide shot, briefing room
STORYLINE
The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres deplored and condemned the ongoing violence against civilians, including against students, in Nicaragua.

Speaking on behalf of the Secretary-General today (16 Jul), the deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq said “the use of lethal force is not only unacceptable but is also in itself an obstacle to obtaining a political solution to the current crisis.”

The UN chief called on the Nicaraguan Government to “provide effective protection to its population against attacks, ensure respect for human rights and establish accountability for the violence.”

According to media reports, at least 10 people were shot dead in Nicaragua on Sunday as police and paramilitary groups supporting the government, sought to remove roadblocks set up by anti-government demonstrators, who have been demanding that President Daniel Ortega step down.

The current wave of anti-government protests began following the announcement of changes to Nicaragua's pension system on 18 April, which have since been scrapped.

The government says that the protesters are attempting to stage a coup d’etat against the administration of MOrtega. It recently launched “Operation Clean-up” to try to remove the barricades and retake full control of urban areas. Hundreds have been reportedly killed since the protests began.

Earlier this month, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, called on the Nicaraguan authorities to “take real steps” to prevent further loss of life in the country.
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