IACHR Press Office
Washington, D.C. — On May 5, 2022, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) issued Resolution 21/22, through which it granted precautionary measures in favor of Yoel Ibzán Sandino Ibarra, in Nicaragua, whom it deems to be at serious, urgent risk of suffering irreparable harm to his human rights.
According to the petitioner, Mr. Sandino Ibarra has been identified or is perceived as being an opponent of the current government. He has been deprived of his freedom since November 5, 2021, and has not received medical attention. The information provided by the State makes it impossible to determine whether the alleged risk factors have been duly mitigated.
After analyzing the factual and legal allegations put forward by the parties, the IACHR assessed the threats and harassment that Mr. Sandino Ibarra was subjected to prior to being deprived of his freedom in response to his criticism of the Nicaraguan government via his social media accounts. It also noted that he was deprived of his liberty during the presidential elections and has not received the medical attention he needs, despite suffering from a chronic illness.
Consequently, in accordance with Article 25 of its Rules of Procedure, the IACHR requested that the state of Nicaragua:
The fact that this precautionary measure has been granted and its adoption by the state does not entail a prejudgment on any petition that may eventually be filed before the inter-American system to allege that the rights protected by the American Convention and other applicable instruments have been violated.
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.