WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
14 Jul 2023 | Joint Statement

Nicaragua: Rights Abuses Need Stronger International Efforts, Prominent Voices Call for Concerted Approach

160 Nicaraguan victims, along with 29 national, regional, and international human rights organizations, including the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), urge governments from the Americas and Europe to prioritize the human rights situation in Nicaragua during the upcoming European Union – Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (EU-CELAC) summit. In a joint letter, signatories call for the establishment of a Group of Friends of the Nicaraguan People, ensuring cross-regional, high-level efforts to restore democracy in the country.

The letter bears the signatures of various prominent individuals and organizations committed to human rights. These include Nicaraguans in exile and former political detainees from diverse sectors, as well as 20 Nicaraguan human rights organizations and 9 international and regional rights groups. Among the signatories are esteemed writers like Sergio Ramirez and Gioconda Belli, renowned journalists including Carlos Fernando Chamorro, former political prisoners such as Félix Maradiaga, Medardo Mairena, Dora María Téllez, and Juan Sebastián Chamorro, and dedicated human rights defenders like Bianca Jagger and Tamara Dávila.

Read the full letter (In Spanish)