Nicaragua: Indigenous Peoples

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 18th March 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions his Department has had with his Nicaraguan counterparts on the effect of alleged illegal land grabs by settlers on the human rights of indigenous tribespeople in that country.

Photo of Wendy Morton Wendy Morton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK remains concerned by reports of illegal land grabs by settlers and its effects on the human rights of indigenous tribespeople in Nicaragua. Our Ambassador to Nicaragua has met with representatives of the Miskito people to discuss the issue. We are working bilaterally, with international partners, and with local stakeholders, to encourage the Nicaraguan Government to fulfil its international obligations by respecting the human rights of all of its citizens, righting wrongs that have been done, and taking steps to end all repression in the country.

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