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Nicaragua’s government should stop its repression of migrants, as countries in the region urgently need to cooperate to find a solution to this humanitarian crisis.

After members of the opposition party marched in downtown Managua, police responded with tear gas, and beat and detained the demonstrators.

In response to Nicaragua’s deportation of human rights defenders, and attacks against human rights organizations, Freedom House issued the following statement:

Diana Villiers Negroponte
Freedom House Trustee

On March 22, the Organization of American States (OAS) held its 44th Special Session of the General Assembly to approve recommendations presented by the Permanent Council for strengthening the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Last week, Freedom House signed on to a declaration by almost 100 policy figures and former heads of state that urged the OAS to sustain the commission’s mandate to protect fundamental freedoms in Latin America. Freedom House trustee Diana Villiers Negroponte shares her views on the significance of the final resolution, agreed upon after 12 hours of deliberation by OAS foreign ministers, and what it means for the future of the IACHR as an independent watchdog in the region.



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