IACHR Press Office
Washington, D.C. – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) issued Resolution 101/21 on December 8, 2021, to grant precautionary measures in favor of María Lilly Delgado Talavera in Nicaragua, in the belief that she faces a serious, urgent risk of suffering irreparable harm to her rights.
According to the requesting party, María Lilly Delgado Talavera has recently been the target of harassment, intimidation, and surveillance based on her work as a journalist in Nicaragua. These events allegedly happened after the beneficiary was linked to an ongoing criminal investigation involving Cristiana Chamorro and former workers of the Violeta Barrios de Chamorro Foundation. The information that was submitted by the State failed to prove that risk factors have been mitigated.
After assessing the legal and factual allegations submitted by the parties and the overall context, the Commission has asked the State of Nicaragua to take the following action:
The fact that this precautionary measure has been granted and its adoption by the State do not entail a prejudgment on a potential petition that may be filed before the inter-American system to allege violations of rights protected by the American Convention on Human Rights and other applicable instruments.
A principal, autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS), the IACHR derives its mandate from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The Inter-American Commission has a mandate to promote respect for and to defend human rights in the region and acts as a consultative body to the OAS in this area. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who are elected in an individual capacity by the OAS General Assembly and who do not represent their countries of origin or residence.