Nicaragua: Human Rights

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 25th April 2023.

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Photo of Fabian Hamilton Fabian Hamilton Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implication's for his policies of Amnesty International's report entitled Nicaragua: A continuum of repression and systematic human rights violations under the Ortega-Murillo government, published April 18, 2023.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The report by Amnesty International reflects the findings highlighted in the United Nations Human Rights Council's Group of Human Rights Experts on Nicaragua (GHREN) report of March 2023. In the Human Rights Council session on 3 April, the UK supported the renewal of the GHREN mandate, noting that the resolution was both warranted and also much needed as part of international community efforts to discourage the Nicaraguan Government from committing further violations, abuses, and crimes, and crucially to hold those responsible to account.

On 19 April, the UK also issued a statement on Nicaragua marking the fifth anniversary of the 2018 protests against the Ortega regime, and underlining UK and international concern. The UK continues to work with international partners to urge the Nicaraguan government to re-empower democratic institutions and re-establish democratic practices and freedoms in Nicaragua.

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