Nicaragua: Human Rights

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 14th June 2018.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Party Chair, Co-operative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had and with whom to seek to (a) prevent human rights abuses taking place in Nicaragua and (b) promote the right to peaceful protest in that country.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan Minister of State

The United Kingdom remains deeply concerned about the situation in Nicaragua. Our Embassy in Costa Rica, which is accredited to Nicaragua, has been following developments closely. The UK was part of EU messages of condemnation and the British Ambassador to Nicaragua released a statement on 5 June calling for an end to the violence. He urged the authorities to protect human rights and thoroughly investigate all human rights abuses.

The Head of Latin America Department met the Nicaraguan Presidential Advisor on International Relations and Policy on 29 May and 5 June to deliver the same messages.

For stability to return, the inclusive national dialogue promised by the authorities should resume under peaceful conditions, with full respect for freedom of expression. We have been clear on both points with the Nicaraguan Government.

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