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Americas: Health workers at 'horrendous risk' of COVID-19 as governments fail to offer protection to those on frontline

Americas has more than 2 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 - around half of all positive-tested cases globally Workers are enduring unsafe conditions with insufficient protective equipment and risk reprisals from authorities or employers if they speak out Amnesty urges countries to prioritise and protect health workers’ rights and calls on US to take swift and decisive action to guarantee continued funding to the WHO ‘It’s impossible to protect the health of one billion people… if governments insist on silencing the whistle-blowers, journalists and health workers who courageously raise their

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16 activists released; 61 people remain in prison

Activists known as “Aguadores” were released on 30 December but still face charges.

7th update on UA 82/219

16 ACTIVISTS RELEASED; 61 PEOPLE REMAIN IN PRISON

16 activists released, 61 people remain in prison

Protest in Nicaragua

Fifth update: Released activists still face charges

13 activists arrested for giving water to people on hunger strike will be brought to court on 30 January 2020.

Fifth update on UA 082/19

Urgent Action Update: Over 130 people remain in detention in Nicaragua

A year and a half since the beginning of the crisis in Nicaragua, at least 130 people continue to be detained.

Third update on UA: 082/19

Urgent Action Update: Detention continues for over a hundred persons

Scores of people continue detained in Nicaragua after more than one year from the beginning of the human rights crisis.

2nd Update on UA 82/19 Issued 30/08/2019

Urgent Action: Dozens of people remain in detention

Following the approval of an amnesty law by the Nicaraguan assembly, 56 people were released on 11 June 2019.

UA 82/19 issued 13/06/2019

Nicaragua: Year of brutal government repression must end

An anti-government protester wearing a national flag shouts slogans in front of a line of riot police during a protest against Nicaraguan President Ortega's government in Managua
An anti-government protester wearing a national flag shouts slogans in front of a line of riot police during a protest against Nicaraguan President Ortega's government in Managua © REUTERS

Tomorrow marks one year since Nicaragua’s violent crackdown on protests over social security reforms began. Ahead of the anniversary, Amnesty International is reiterating its call for an immediate end to the Nicaraguan government’s strategy of repression. On 18 April 2018, a series of social security reforms triggered widespread social protests across Nicaragua. In response to these demonstrations, the Nicaraguan government adopted a strategy of violent repression. At least 325 people have since been killed, primarily by state security forces and pro-government armed groups; more than 2,000

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Urgent Action update: Human rights organisations at risk

The National Police broke into the offices of Nicaraguan Centre for Human Rights (CENIDH).

1st update on UA 160/18 issued 18/12/2018

Urgent Action: Attacks on defenders and journalists increase

Nicaraguan authorities continue to target journalists, human rights defenders and organizations.

UA 160/18 issued 10/12/2018
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