'Colectivo 46/2' has published an Evaluation Benchmark on the implementation by the Nicaraguan government of Human Rights Council resolution 49/3 on the human rights situation in the country.
UPDATE: We did it! The Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the Group of Human Rights Experts on Nicaragua (GHREN) for two additional years, strengthening its focus on Indigenous and Afrodescendant Peoples, reprisals, and political prisoners.
We believe in an open, equal, and democratic Nicaragua. A Nicaragua in which the human rights of all people are guaranteed without distinction, and where those who raise their voices against abuses are protected. A country in which truth and justice are guaranteed without exception, especially for those groups who have been historically discriminated against.
This is not currently possible in Nicaragua. Since April 2018, the government has criminalised, arbitrarily detained, tortured, disappeared, and even killed, those who promote human rights and who question the government’s actions, including indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples defending their ancestral territory. It has also adopted a series of laws restricting freedoms of expression, peaceful assembly and association, further closing space for civil society to push for positive change.
Recognising this crisis, the UN, through its Human Rights Council, has taken action by adopting resolution 46/2 in March 2021, calling on the Government of Nicaragua to adopt a series of urgent measures to resolve this multi-pronged human rights crisis.
In March 2022, following a campaign led by Collectivo 46/2, including the International Service for Human Rights, the Human Rights Council created a Group of Human Rights Experts on Nicaragua through resolution 49/3 mandated to investigate alleged human rights violations in the country since April 2018.
It is now time to renew the Group’s mandate.