IACHR Press Office
Washington, D.C. – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) issued Resolution 72/21 on August 30, 2021, to grant precautionary protection measures in favor of Wilmer Alfredo Mendoza Espinoza 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 request for these precautionary measures, the beneficiary is at risk in a deprivation of liberty context, after having been injured while in detention and facing poor conditions and a lack of adequate medical care. The Commission is disappointed that the State has failed to provide its own observations, although they were requested in keeping with Article 25.5 of the IACHR's Rules of Procedure.
After assessing the legal and factual allegations submitted by the party that requested these precautionary measures, the Commission considers that the information it has received shows prima facie that Wilmer Alfredo Mendoza Espinoza is in serious and urgent danger and that his rights to life, personal integrity, and health risk suffering irreparable harm.
The IACHR therefore asks 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.