WASHINGTON (AP) — Human Rights Watch called Wednesday on governments in the Americas and Europe to impose sanctions on Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and at least five high-level security officials for a crackdown on protests that began in April 2018.
The human rights organization said sanctions should involve travel bans and asset freezes and are necessary because many protesters were subject to abuse that in some cases amounted to torture.
"Daniel Ortega has shown no real commitment to justice for the victims of the brutal crackdown by National Police and armed thugs during the 2018 protests," said José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at HRW.
Protests against social security reforms began last year and grew in scope to demand Ortega's exit from office and early elections.
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