UN Human Rights Office asks Nicaraguan Government Access to the Country for Probe on Protest Killings

  • U.N. human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani has said that the international organization has asked Nicaragua to let it gather first hand evidence to investigate dozens of reported student deaths during protests (which started against social security reforms and now snowballed to demand justice for killings). She went on to say the human rights office of the United Nations has information from credible sources that at least 47 people (mostly students, a journalist, and 2 police officers) have died during protests. The U.S. State Department condemned the overnight violence and expressed deep concern about the Nicaraguan ‘crisis’.