Nicaragua is in crisis. The brutal repression unleashed against the protests that sprouted up organically across the country on April 18, 2018 following the announcement of social security reforms by the government resulted in an enormous human toll: scores of persons wounded, killed (estimates reach 100 dead since last April¹, including young students and a journalist killed live on camera while reporting), many others disappeared, illegally detained, and tortured during their imprisonment, and a population at large terrorized by the threat of indiscriminate violence.
The Nicaraguan people have remained defiant in the face of the most violent repression the country has experienced in decades. We share their pain at the enormous human and civic toll that has ensued. We are saddened and aghast at the violence unleashed on citizens exercising their right to protest. We mourn for the fallen and their families, and for those whose relatives are still missing.
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