Nicaragua expels human rights activists: Critics of Canal Project
May 18, Managua: Nicaragua on May 15 expelled two human rights activists allegedly without justification as they tried to enter the country, The Tico Times reported.
Peruvian Luis Carlos Boub and Spanish citizen Marta González, who are the members of the nongovernmental Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), were denied entry into the country at Augusto César Sandino International Airport by immigration officials, when they sought to enter the country to participate in the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH)’s 25th anniversary.
CEJIL and CENIDH denounced the government at the Inter-American Human Rights Commission for human rights violations related to the inter oceanic canal that has resulted in protests led by residents of the canal’s projected route between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean.
“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,” CENIDH Director Mauro Ampié demanded.
In response to Nicaragua’s deportation of human rights defenders, and attacks against human rights organizations, Freedom House director for Latin America programs said“ Nicaragua’s government deportation of activists from the Center for Justice and International Law is an attack against freedom of association and free expression,” and further added “The government is increasingly harassing journalists and human rights defenders because of their work on behalf of populations affected by the proposed new canal connecting the Caribbean with the Pacific Ocean.” The Oslo Times