IACHR Press Office
Washington, D.C. – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) issued Resolution 82/21 and Resolution 83/21 on October 12, 2021, to grant precautionary measures in favor of Mauricio José Díaz Dávila, of the party Citizens for Liberty; Max Isaac Jerez Meza, of the National University Alliance; and Jaime José Arellano Arana, a journalist. These precautionary measures were granted in the belief that the three men face a serious, urgent risk of suffering irreparable harm to their rights in Nicaragua.
The IACHR noted the beneficiaries' current situation, after being identified as government critics in a context where a general election is approaching in Nicaragua. In particular, the Commission noted that the three men were not allowed to communicate with their families and their chosen legal counsel while in detention. Arellano is under house arrest, but he too is being denied contact with his family and chosen lawyers. These conditions have seriously hampered the ability of these beneficiaries' representatives to obtain information about their clients' conditions. The Commission requested information from the State, but found that the response did not enable an adequate assessment of the extent to which the alleged risks had been neutralized.
Concerning Arellano Arana, the Commission asked the State to take the following action:
Concerning Díaz Dávila and Jerez Meza, the IACHR asked the State to take the following action:
The fact that this precautionary measure has been granted and its adoption by the State do not entail a prejudgment on a potential petition that may be filed before the inter-American system to allege violations of rights protected by the American Convention on Human Rights 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.