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GENEVA (Reuters) – Nicaragua’s government committed human rights violations and turned a blind eye while armed mobs rounded up protesters, some of whom were later raped with rifles and tortured in detention, the U.N. human rights office said in a report on Wednesday.
It documented human rights violations between April 18 and Aug. 18, including the disproportionate use of force and extrajudicial killings by the police, disappearances, widespread arbitrary detentions and instances of torture and sexual violence in detention centers.
Repression - Retaliation - Demonstrators - Nicaragua - World
“Repression and retaliation against demonstrators continue in Nicaragua as the world looks away,” U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said in a statement.
The report said the U.N. Human Rights Council, which meets next month, should consider setting up an international inquiry or truth commission to prevent the situation getting worse, although “the chilling effect of repression” and a “a climate of widespread terror” had already silenced many of the protesters.
Detainees - Taser - Guns - Wire - Beatings
Detainees were tortured with Taser guns, barbed wire, beatings with fists and tubes and attempted strangulation, it said.
“Some women have been subject to sexual violence, including rape, and described threats of sexual abuse as common. Male detainees also mentioned cases of rape, including rape with rifles and other objects,” the report said.
SHOCK - FORCES
The violent crackdown on protests against President Daniel Ortega, a former Marxist guerrilla leader, have drawn international condemnation....
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