After months of investigation, the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts concluded that the President of Nicaragua and several administration officials must be investigated for crimes against humanity, confirming what many Latin America observers already knew – President Danny Ortega is a dictator whose station and power survive through violence and repression.
“It is a clear and powerful indictment against a dictatorial regime without any regard for human rights or the rule of law,” said Michael Shifter, head of the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington policy group,
Rosario Murillo, Mr. Ortega’s wife who serves as the nation’s vice president and a spokeswoman for the government, didn’t immediately return requests for comment.
At least 325 people have been killed, thousands have been wounded and about 600 are still detained as a result of the political unrest that has engulfed Nicaragua since April.
The crisis was sparked by the police’s harsh treatment of older protesters who opposed changes in pension benefits on April 18. That crackdown triggered demonstrations and road blockages across the country. At its height, from April to August of this year, the protest movement led by students threatened to bring down Mr. Ortega’s regime.“