IACHR Press Office
Washington, D.C. – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) issued Resolution 20/23 on April 13, 2023, to grant precautionary measures in favor of D.R.Z, D.A.B.A., A.C.L., and I.C.L., of the Mayangna indigenous people, in Nicaragua, in the belief that they face a serious, urgent risk of suffering irreparable harm to their rights.
These four individuals are deprived of liberty at the Jorge Navarro Penitentiary, after being convicted in connection with what is known as the Kiwakumbaih Massacre. The IACHR noted that beneficiaries have reportedly not received adequate medical care although they have health issues. The Commission also said that these individuals are constantly being subjected to threats by guards and other detainees. They have allegedly even been victims of physical and sexual violence. 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.
The IACHR asked the State 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.