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18th June 2019, 12:41:08 UTC

Dozens of people remain in prison!

We urge the Nicaraguan authorities to immediately release and drop all charges against those detained solely on the grounds of the exercise of their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

56 people were released on 11 June 2019, including student leaders Amaya Coppens and Christopher Olivas, and journalists Lucía Pineda Ubau and Miguel Mora. Help ensure all those detained solely for exercising their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly

On 18 April 2018, after years of institutional decline in Nicaragua, protests broke out following the government’s attempt to implement unpopular and non-consulted social security reforms. These protests were met with violent repression, resulting in the deaths of 325 people, including 21 police officers and 24 children and adolescents, and more than 2,000 injuries and 700 arrests.

Since then, protests have continued demanding substantial change to the status quo. More than one year after the beginning of the crackdown on protest, Amnesty International continues to receive reports of Attacks against freedom of expression and civil society organisations and peaceful assembly indicate ongoing strategy to supress dissenting voices.

On 16 May 2019, Eddy Montes (57) a Nicaraguan and U.S. citizen, was shot dead at La Modelo prison in Managua. He and others who were injured were arrested for participating in the 2018 protests.

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