The United States Joined the Following Joint Statement at the 52nd Session of the Human Rights Council
Joint Statement by a Group of Countries on the Situation in Nicaragua
Interactive Dialogue with the High Commissioner on Nicaragua
As Delivered by Mr. Jeffrey Marder, Executive Director, Human Rights and Indigenous Affairs Policy, Global Affairs Canada
On behalf of TBC, Canada thanks the High Commissioner for his update, which sheds light on concerning developments in Nicaragua and evidences the importance of renewing the OHCHR’s monitoring mandate.
Whilst we welcome the recent release of 222 political prisoners, and thank the facilitating States, we condemn the Government of Nicaragua’s decision to strip these individuals and 94 other Nicaraguans of their Nicaraguan citizenship and political rights. Nationality is a right which cannot be revoked without appropriate process.
We are troubled by the testimonies of mistreatment of released political prisoners. We urge the authorities to cease arbitrary detentions and release all political prisoners, including leaders of the Catholic Church.
We are further alarmed by the deteriorating human rights situation of Indigenous Peoples and Afro-descendants in Nicaragua, who face increasing repression, persecution and discrimination.
We reiterate our concern over Nicaragua’s refusal to cooperate with international human rights mechanisms. We call on the authorities to grant them access in order to address and investigate allegations of human rights violations and torture, and to renew cooperation with the OHCHR.
The trend to bar and expel foreign representatives from the country only isolates Nicaragua. We call on Nicaragua to open a dialogue in good faith with the international community.
Mr. High Commissioner, what more can this Council do to bring accountability for egregious human rights violations in Nicaragua?
6. Bosnia and Herzegovina
11. Costa Rica
14. Czech Republic
33. Marshall Islands
38. New Zealand
39. North Macedonia
45. Republic of Korea
53. United Kingdom
54. United States of America