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Special Declaration on the situation in the Republic of Nicaragua

Monday, 16 July 2018
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The Governments of the Argentine Republic, the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Republic of Colombia, the Republic of Costa Rica, the Republic of Ecuador, the Republic of Guatemala, the Republic of Honduras, Mexico, the Republic of Panama, the Republic of Paraguay, the Republic of Peru and the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, in view of the situation in the Republic of Nicaragua:

    Express their concern over the violation of human rights and fundamental freedoms and strongly condemn the serious and repeated acts of violence that have been taking place in Nicaragua, which have so far caused the loss of over 300 human lives and left hundreds injured; the repression and violence against students and members of civil society and the delay in providing those injured with urgent medical assistance;

    Call for the immediate cessation of all acts of violence, intimidation and threats aimed at the Nicaraguan people, and the dismantlement of paramilitary groups;

    Call for the resumption of national dialogue in Nicaragua, in a spirit of respect for fundamental freedoms, engaging all sides in order to reach peaceful and sustainable solutions to the situation in Nicaragua and strengthen democracy, Human Rights and the rule of law in that country;

    Support the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua for it to continue seeking and promoting solutions to the conflict, as well as respect for the human rights of Nicaraguans;

    Thank the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) for its visits to Nicaragua aimed at investigating the events and urge the government of Nicaragua to comply with the 15 recommendations made by the Commission and to cooperate with the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI);

    Call on the Government of Nicaragua and other social actors to demonstrate their commitment and constructively participate in peaceful negotiations with concrete outcomes addressing the main challenges facing the country in a peaceful fashion, including the strengthening of democratic institutions, the implementation of the recommendations made by the OAS Electoral Observation Mission and the holding of free and fair elections in due time, in a context free of any fear, intimidation, threats or violence.