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Nicaragua to expel UN team after report on human rights abuses

Published:Friday | August 31, 2018 | 11:53 AM
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is expelling a United Nations human rights team two days after it published a critical report blaming the government for violent repression of opposition protests.

A U.N. human rights official who was not authorised to speak publicly about the situation said the team was told to leave the country.

The official says the U.N. Security Council will discuss the situation in Nicaragua on September 5.

A United Nations report released Wednesday on four months of unrest in Nicaragua describes a comprehensive effort of repression by the government that extends from the streets to the courts.

The report by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights calls for the government of President Daniel Ortega to immediately halt the persecution of protesters and disarm the masked civilians who have been responsible for many of the killings and arbitrary detentions.

More than 300 people have been killed in violence since mid-April in the Central American nation.

Neighbouring Costa Rica has been flooded with thousands of requests for asylum by people fleeing Nicaragua.

The report describes illegal arrests, torture and closed trials.

Doctors, professors, and judges who have spoken out or protested have been dismissed from their jobs to discourage people from participating in or supporting the protests.

The government responded that the report was biased and did not consider that the government response occurred in the context of what it alleges was a failed coup attempt.

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