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Treaty Bodies: Nicaragua defies human rights bodies, escapes scrutiny

In a rare and unwelcome move, Nicaragua has escaped scrutiny from three UN human rights bodies, most recently with the Committee against Torture. Adding insult to injury, the Nicaragua Minister of Foreign Affairs wrote an insulting letter to the Committee. The Committee took the welcome decision to proceed with the review despite the absence of a State delegation.

Human Rights Council must establish mechanism to promote accountability for grave violations in Nicaragua

As the country’s rights crisis worsens, UN High Commissioner's reporting, and documentation by civil society organisations, point to the urgent need for efforts to lay the groundwork for future accountability processes in Nicaragua. At its ongoing 49th session, the Human Rights Council must seize the opportunity to create a UN-mandated mechanism to investigate serious violations, identify perpetrators, and preserve the evidence.