On Monday, the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights (CIDH) announced that two of its top representatives had landed in Nicaragua’s capital, Managua, to assemble a multinational committee of experts, who will examine the violence that has enveloped the country since April. This comes after the Nicaraguan government allowed UN observers into the country in a move to placate the opposition. The human rights body’s executive secretary, Paulo Abrao, and its representative for Nicaragua, Antonia Urrejola, said they would form the International Group of Independent Experts (GIEI), comprised of experts on a number of human rights topics hailing from several countries. While this is their second visit to the country since the violence began in April following anti-government protests, they now say they plan for the group to stay at least six months in Nicaragua to monitor and examine the situation. Urrejola told daily newspaper El Nuevo Diario that part of the group’s mandate is to “propose lines of investigation and it must have full and absolute access to all necessary information.” She added that the group would “recommend a complete plan for reparations to the victims and their families, in keeping with international standards.” While the government slammed the body’s conclusions from its previous observation mission, international attention has slowly gained… Read full this story
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