Nicaragua: peace initiatives
News from Nicaragua | Friday, 1 June 2018 |
Calling to account all those responsible for acts of violence
On 30 May, the Inter- American Commission on Human Rights (IAHCR), and the General Secretariat of the Organisation of American States (OAS) announced an agreement with the Nicaraguan government to investigate the violence that has occurred since April 2018 resulting in the deaths of more than 80 people and leaving hundreds injured.
This will be carried out through a four person Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) appointed by the OAS. This was one of the key recommendations of an interim report of the IAHCR.
IACHR Executive Secretary Paulo Abrão stated, “the creation of the GIEI seeks to respond to the widespread call from Nicaraguan society for concrete, credible steps to enforce the right to truth and to duly identify anyone responsible for acts perpetrated in the context of the serious human rights crisis the IACHR observed, as well as to grant comprehensive assistance to victims.’
The GIEI will be in Nicaragua for six months and represents a critical step in calling to account those responsible for the killings and injuries. Their mandate will also include an action plan to grant victims and their families ‘the attention and comprehensive reparations they require.’
Progress on Electoral reform
The OAS and the Nicaraguan government are currently working to address one of the priority areas: reform of the electoral system. This includes the configuration and composition of the Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) and other mechanisms to guarantee free, fair, democratic and transparent elections.