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Report date : April 2024

The report on Nicaragua by the International Observatory for Lawyers in Danger was recently presented at the 47th session of the 4th cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council.

The report, which has already been received by the United Nations, particularly emphasises the lack of protection of the legal profession by the Nicaraguan authorities, focusing on the following four points:

  1. The use of the law as a tool to persecute lawyers specialising in the defence of human rights;
  2. The obstruction of justice and violations of the right to due process;
  3. The widespread persecution of human rights lawyers;
  4. The failure of the State to fulfil its duty to protect.

In response to these comments, the Observatory’s recommendations were both clear and concise, highlighting the following points:

  • Ensuring that the legal profession can be carried out without intimidation, obstacles, harassment or undue interference.
  • Put an end to all persecution, criminalisation and prosecution of lawyers for practising their profession.
  • Initiate proceedings to restore legal qualifications to those who have been deprived of them.

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