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Rights group urges Nicaragua to halt repression
May 20, 2018
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MANAGUA: The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on Friday called for Nicaragua’s government to “immediately halt the repression of protests” against President Daniel Ortega, as the death toll rose to 63.

The wave of unrest against the 72-year-old Ortega has been going on for a month, with no sign of slowing.

On Friday the latest fatality was a 16-year-old boy run over by a bus as he stood by a roadblock near the Polytechnic University in Managua.

Student leaders said the bus driver was a paramilitary.

The non-governmental Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights said it has recorded 63 deaths since the unrest first erupted April 18. It has also counted around 60 disappearances.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, part of the Organization of American States, called for Ortega’s government to cease the “repression.”

“We reiterate our most emphatic condemnation of the deaths, disappearances and arbitrary arrests of protesters, activists and journalists that have been registered in the country since the protests started,” the Commission’s special rights rapporteur for Nicaragua, Antonia Urrejola, said, reading a Commission statement at a Managua news conference.

The body urged Nicaragua’s government to permit freedom of expression, the right to peaceful demonstration and political participation for all.

One of the student leaders, Lester Aleman, 20, said “the unrest is not only from the students but from all the population.”

Agence France-Presse

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