Nicaragua expels human rights activists

May 16, 2015

MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Nicaragua on Friday expelled two human rights activists allegedly without justification as they tried to enter the country, according to the human rights organizations involved, which demanded an explanation.

Peruvian Luis Carlos Bour and Spanish citizen Marta González were denied entry into the country at Augusto César Sandino International Airport by immigration officials who demanded that they return to the plane, according to the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH), in Managua.

The Immigration Office’s spokeswoman, Magda Pineda, said that she would find out what had happened but did not initially offer an official version of the incidents.

Boub and González, who were forced to travel to Costa Rica, are members of the nongovernmental Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), an international human rights organization.

“It was a deportation. Boub was assaulted by immigration officials and they threatened to handcuff him, took his mobile phone, and together with González they were taken back to the boarding area,” said CENIDH spokeswoman Adelaide Moncada.

Related: Journalists harassed, detained in latest chapter of Nicaragua canal saga

“This is an outrage against two human rights advocates who came to celebrate CENIDH’s 25th anniversary. The government needs to offer an explanation and apologize,” demanded CENIDH Director Mauro Ampié.

CEJIL denounced the incident as an “arbitrary injustice” and also demanded that the Nicaraguan government offer a “public apology and an investigation of the facts.”

CENIDH criticized President Daniel Ortega’s government and mentioned that Boub worked with Nicaraguan civic organizations during the 154th period of sessions of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

During this forum Nicaraguan organizations denounced the government for human rights violations related to the interoceanic canal that has resulted in protests led by residents of the canal’s projected route between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Ampié said.

See also: Will the Nicaragua Canal ruin the ‘Galapagos of Central America’?

 

You may be interested

Serenity Boutique Hotel offers quiet retreat for Central Pacific visitors
Destinations
252 views
Destinations
252 views

Serenity Boutique Hotel offers quiet retreat for Central Pacific visitors

Elizabeth Lang - November 21, 2017

Quepos just got a little calmer. The hotel formerly known as La Sirena, in the heart of the Central Pacific…

A day in the life of a beach crusader in Costa Rica
A Day in the Life
1357 views
A Day in the Life
1357 views

A day in the life of a beach crusader in Costa Rica

Carolina Sevilla - November 21, 2017

I spend my time between the beach and San José. In both places, I have my morning rituals. When I’m…

Happy birthday, Costa Rica – 300 days of renewable energy, that is!
Environment
1486 views
Environment
1486 views

Happy birthday, Costa Rica – 300 days of renewable energy, that is!

AFP - November 21, 2017

Costa Rica has hit a major milestone: 300 days of renewable energy use, cracking its previous record of 299 days…