Interactive Dialogue on High Commissioner’s Report on Nicaragua
Human Rights Council
Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America
Thank you, Mr. Vice President.
Thank you, Deputy High Commissioner, for your compelling overview of the human rights situation in Nicaragua. The United States continues to urge the government of Nicaragua to cooperate with international human rights mechanisms, particularly the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
We strongly condemn the Ortega-Murillo government’s anti-democratic actions and continue to call for the immediate, unconditional release of Bishop Rolando Álvarez and all those unjustly detained for exercising their human rights. The government’s attacks on religious institutions, non-governmental organizations, and universities are deplorable. We are also appalled by the targeted unjust revocations of citizenship of political opponents, civil society activists, students, and religious leaders.
The United States remains committed to working with the international community to restore democracy and respect for human rights in Nicaragua, particularly as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Mr. High Commissioner, what additional actions can the international community take to address the deterioration of human rights in Nicaragua?
I thank you.