N° 46/10




Washington, D.C., April 27, 2010—The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expresses its concern over recent acts of violence that took place in Nicaragua on April 21 and 22 of this year. During the incidents serious disturbances took place, dozens of individuals were detained, property was burned, and shots were fired. The Commission learned that these acts were undertaken to prevent the functioning of the National Assembly.


The Commission reminds the Nicaraguan State that it has the duty to maintain public order within the framework of national and international instruments on human rights. As the IACHR has noted before, States must ensure administrative control measures that guarantee that the use of force in public demonstrations shall be exceptional in nature and applied in strictly necessary circumstances based on internationally established principles. The IACHR urges the Nicaraguan authorities to guarantee the normal functioning of democratic institutions.


The Commission will closely follow the development of events, in fulfillment of its role of promoting and defending human rights in accordance with the international instruments that govern its mandate.


A principal, autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), the IACHR derives its mandate from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who act in a personal capacity, without representing a particular country, and who are elected by the OAS General Assembly.


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