GENEVA / BACHELET NICARAGUA

10-Sep-2019 00:03:41
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said “human rights violations continued to occur in Nicaragua,” however, since the Government and the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy resumed dialogue, “the number of violations against life and personal integrity has decreased.” UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / BACHELET NICARAGUA
TRT: 3:41
SOURCE: UNTV CH

RESTRICTIONS: NONE

LANGUAGE: SPANISH / NATS


DATELINE: 10 SEPTEMBER 2019 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND 


SHOTLIST
1. Wide shot, room 20 in Palais des Nations Geneva
2. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Between August 2018 and July 2019, human rights violations continued to occur in Nicaragua. However, since the end of February 2019, when the Government and the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy resumed their dialogue, the number of violations against life and personal integrity has decreased, proof that dialogue is a possible and peaceful way to overcome the crisis.”
3. Wide shot, podium
4. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“However, it is important to note that to date, the civic space in Nicaragua has been significantly reduced. Freedom of expression has been restricted through various actions ranging from the closure of independent media outlets and the retention of their property and equipment, to the imprisonment of national journalists for several months. Arbitrary arrests have also been documented simply for waving a Nicaraguan flag or singing the national anthem in public spaces.”
5. Med shot, participants
6. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“The exercise of the right to peaceful assembly has been impeded.”
7. Close up, participants
8. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Freedom of association has also deteriorated.”
9. Med shot, participants
10. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Likewise, human rights defenders and community, indigenous and Afro-descendant leaders, who adopted critical positions against the Government have continued to be harassed, stigmatized and threatened by the police or by pro-government elements.”
11. Close up, participant
12. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“The institutional response to the above-mentioned human rights violations has been insufficient. I am concerned about information regarding the lack of independence of the judiciary and the Prosecutor’s Office during these 17 months of crisis.”
13. Med shot, participant
14. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“To date, the justice system in Nicaragua has not guaranteed accountability for serious human rights violations.”
15. Med shot, participant taking picture
16. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“The legislative measures adopted by the National Assembly at the Government’s request were adopted without consultations with the victims, and are incompatible with international standards. Both the Amnesty Law and the Law on Comprehensive Care for Victims should be reviewed in order to guarantee victims’ right to truth, justice and adequate reparation.”
17. Med shot, Participants
18. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“Nicaragua is a country that achieved significant development in the years prior to the crisis.”
19. Med shot, Participants
20. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“However, the socio-political crisis has had a negative impact on development indicators and the enjoyment of economic and social rights.”
21. Various shots, conference room
STORYLINE
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said “human rights violations continued to occur in Nicaragua,” however, since the Government and the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy resumed dialogue, “the number of violations against life and personal integrity has decreased.”

Speaking at an interactive dialogue on the human rights situation in Nicaragua at the 42nd Human Rights Council, Michelle Bachelet said “it is important to note that to date, the civic space in Nicaragua has been significantly reduced. Freedom of expression has been restricted through various actions ranging from the closure of independent media outlets and the retention of their property and equipment, to the imprisonment of national journalists for several months.”

She continued, “arbitrary arrests have also been documented simply for waving a Nicaraguan flag or singing the national anthem in public spaces.”

Bachelet also stated that “the exercise of the right to peaceful assembly has been impeded,” adding that “freedom of association has also deteriorated.”

She also said, “human rights defenders and community, indigenous and Afro-descendant leaders, who adopted critical positions against the Government have continued to be harassed, stigmatized and threatened by the police or by pro-government elements.”

Saying that the institutional response to the above-mentioned human rights violations “has been insufficient,” the High Commissioner said she is “concerned about information regarding the lack of independence of the judiciary and the Prosecutor’s Office during these 17 months of crisis.”

Bachelet noted that “the legislative measures adopted by the National Assembly at the Government’s request were adopted without consultations with the victims, and are incompatible with international standards.”

She added, “both the Amnesty Law and the Law on Comprehensive Care for Victims should be reviewed in order to guarantee victims’ right to truth, justice and adequate reparation.”

In compliance with resolution 40/2, the OHCHR office submitted a report on the human rights situation in Nicaragua, which covers the period from 19 August 2018 to 31 July 2019.

The Office previously published the report "Human rights violations and abuses in the context of protests in Nicaragua", covering the period from April to August 2018, which compiles the findings of a team that travelled to Managua at the invitation of the Government.

Since the departure of the Office, it has continued to monitor the human rights situation in Nicaragua from Panama. One hundred and eighty-seven (187) interviews with victims and witnesses have been conducted and extensive documentation from governmental and non-governmental sources has been analysed.
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