Nicaragua: Political Prisoners

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 4th July 2019.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the political prisoners due to be released in Nicaragua; whether they intend to call for the release of those still held; and what representations they have made to the government of Nicaragua about extra-judicial killings and the use of torture.

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​We welcome the release of political prisoners on 11 June, but remain concerned by allegations that they were subjected to torture and other human rights violations while in prison. We call for all remaining political prisoners in custody to be released. We regularly raise our concerns with the Nicaraguan Government and continue to support the work of the EU, UN and Organization of American States (OAS). We support the EU statement of 13 June and OAS statement of 20 June, urging the Nicaraguan Government to release every person imprisoned for political reasons, close legal cases brought against recently freed prisoners, and provide full guarantees for their security. We are concerned that the amnesty law of 7 June provides impunity for perpetrators of human rights violations committed during last year's anti-government protests. We will continue to monitor the situation in Nicaragua closely.

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