The International Human Rights Network – Europe (RIDHE), in collaboration with Mr Javier López MEP, member of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament (S&D) and Chairman of the Eurolat delegation in the same institution, organised the formal presentation of the UPPN’s report on political imprisonment in Nicaragua and its consequences on 12 April.
The report was prepared within the framework of the periodic review mechanism and sent to the United Nations Committee against Torture. Between October 2021 and June 2022, on 20 May 2022, a working group was set up, made up of members of the UPPN (Unión de Presos Políticos de Nicaragua), Josimar Téllez and Allan Gómez; a researcher from the Centre for Latin American Studies and Documentation at the University of Amsterdam (CEDLA-UVA) and the Geneva-Brussels International Human Rights Network (RIDH/RIDHE).
As part of this initiative, the forms of repression used by the Nicaraguan political regime to oppress political dissidents in detention were highlighted.
To this end, 30 victims and released prisoners were interviewed and their testimonies recount the forms of repression chosen by the State to curb and dismantle political opposition, not only from prison but also after their release through the amnesty law enacted on 8 June 2019.
The methods of torture compiled in this report follow the methodology of the Valech Commission (the National Commission on Political Prisoners and Torture in Chile), whose range of 16 methods of torture could be framed in the Nicaraguan context.