As Canadians who supported the Nicaraguan solidarity movement in various ways before and/or after the revolution in 1979, we want to add our voices to those around the world who are:
*Calling on the President of Nicaragua to immediately guarantee the rights to freedom of expression and assembly;* Urging the authorities to engage in dialogue with all civil society sectors, including the victims of state repression, in order to find a peaceful solution to this grave situation;* Insisting that they launch a timely, impartial and independent investigation into the attacks and killings, make the results public and bring those responsible to justice;* Calling on them to immediately release those detained only on the grounds of their peaceful exercise of their freedom of expression.
[text of a longer appeal in Spanish here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/15mCDqOmE4AIyRB0F88RCMV6KGhxGAvtQvnlUHdTUOB8/edit?usp=sharing]
Urgent action from Amnesty International: https://www.amnesty.org/download/Documents/AMR4382822018ENGLISH.pdf and http://www.amnesty.ca/news/nicaragua-country%E2%80%99s-future-sale-canal-threatens-thousands-forced-evictionand https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/05/nicaragua-amnistia-internacional-documenta-ataque-armado-contra-estudiantes/
Statement by Luis Enrique Mejía Godoy http://tinyurl.com/ybgfbs5dBackgrounder from Envío http://www.envio.org.ni/articulo/5497