IACHR adopts precautionary measures in favour of Flor de María Ramírez in Nicaragua

August 5, 2021

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Washington, D.C.- On August 3, 2021, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) adopted Resolution 59/21, in which it granted precautionary measures in favour of Flor de María Ramírez, after considering that she finds herself in a situation of serious and urgent risk of irreparable damage to their rights in Nicaragua.

According to the request, as a result of her political opposition to the current government in Nicaragua, the beneficiary finds herself at risk as she is a victim of threats, harassment, detentions and acts of violence by state and parastatal authorities.

The Commission received information from the State, in response to its request, indicating that Flor de María Ramírez is not in any situation of risk that endangers her life and personal integrity. However, the State did not provide further evidence to disprove the risk events alleged by the petitioner based on the applicable prima facie standard.

Having analyzed the allegations of fact and law provided by the parties, the Commission considers that the information presented demonstrates prima facie that Flor de María Ramírez finds herself in a serious and urgent situation, since her rights to life and personal integrity are at risk of irreparable harm. Consequently, the IACHR requests that Nicaragua: a) adopt the necessary measures to protect the rights to life and personal integrity of Flor de María Ramírez. To this end, the State must both ensure that its agents respect the life and personal integrity of the beneficiary, as well as protect her rights in relation to acts of risk that are attributable to third parties, in accordance with the standards established by international human rights law; b) consult and agree upon the measures to be adopted with the beneficiary and her representatives; and, c) report on the actions taken to investigate the alleged events that led to the adoption of this precautionary measure, so as to prevent such events for reoccurring

The granting of this precautionary measure and its adoption by the State does not constitute the prejudgment of any petition that may eventually be presented before the inter-American system alleging violations of the rights protected in the American Convention 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.

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