Weekly Report - 09 March 2023 (WR-23-10)

Ortega accused of crimes against humanity

An expert panel appointed by the United Nations (UN) has concluded that the Nicaraguan government led by President Daniel Ortega has committed “widespread human rights violations that amount to crimes against humanity”. The panel was set up to investigate alleged human rights violations in Nicaragua since 2018, when the government began cracking down on opponents in response to social unrest – repression which intensified after discredited general elections in November 2021. Other institutions have similarly concluded that such crimes – which are subject to the principle of universal jurisdiction – were committed by Ortega and other top officials. The UN expert panel’s findings have been welcomed by local and international rights groups, which have seized on its calls for the international community to initiate legal action against those responsible.

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