IACHR Press Office
Washington, D.C. – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) issued Resolution 49/2022 on September 29, 2022, to grant precautionary measures in favor of Juan Lorenzo Holmann Chamorro and his family in Nicaragua, in the belief that they face a serious, urgent risk of suffering irreparable harm to their rights.
According to the organization who requested these precautionary measures, Juan Lorenzo Holmann Chamorro, general manager of the independent daily La Prensa, is being detained at the facility operated by the Judicial Support Department known as Nuevo Chipote, in inadequate conditions and without access to necessary, timely, and appropriate medical care to address his health issues. In keeping with Article 25 of its Rules of Procedure, the IACHR asked the State of Nicaragua for information but did not receive an answer.
After assessing the legal and factual allegations made by the requesting organization, the IACHR considered that Juan Lorenzo Holmann Chamorro and his family are at risk. The risks cited in the request for these precautionary measures allegedly persist and are likely to get worse, given the current context in Nicaragua. Holmann Chamorro's family is allegedly in danger of retaliation, considering the hounding and harassment his wife has already been subjected to. The Commission stressed its concern about the effects of actions against the daily La Prensa on freedom of expression, in a context where pressure, delayed deliveries, and material shortages are rife and where, in fact, La Prensa's facilities have now been "effectively confiscated." Consequently, in keeping with Article 25 of its Rules of Procedure, the IACHR asked the State of Nicaragua to take the following action:
The fact that these precautionary measures have been granted and their 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.