Nicaraguan government welcomes OAS rights mission

National Dialogue for Peace Begins in Nicaragua

Dialogue struggles forward, protests continue in Nicaragua

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) will conduct a working visit to Nicaragua, in order to observe the situation of human rights in the country in the context of the events that have taken place since the April 18th, 2018. Protesters traveled to the town after heavy overnight clashes between anti-government demonstrators with police and government supporters, during which, according to Nicaragua's Human Rights Protection Association, two people died and at least 100 were injured.

The Nicaraguan Council of Bishops said talks between civic groups and the administration of President Daniel Ortega will start Wednesday morning, following weeks of anti-government protests in which an estimated 65 people have been killed.

The rights commission said in a statement Monday that during its visit it plans to meet with government, civil society and other representatives. The government initially had rejected an offer by the OAS's human rights observers. It did not say when the visit would occur.

"After hearing the roar from the vast majority of society and the gravity of the situation in our country, and even though the circumstances for dialogue aren't ideal, we are announcing the talks", said president of the conference, Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes.

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The church hopes that the meeting will structurally address the issue of the country's institutions with the aim of paving the way towards its democratization.

"We don't want any more oppression from authorities, from the police", said one student demonstrator.

On Saturday, Nicaragua's military called for a halt to violence.

Protesters forced Ortega to withdraw cuts to social security, and are now demanding greater democracy.

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