The State Department updated its Travel Advisory for Nicaragua on July 6, 2018 to Level 3 urging that U.S. travelers reconsider travel to Nicaragua due to crime, civil unrest, and limited healthcare availability. The update also includes the announcement that the U.S. government has ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel in the country and that while the U.S. Embassy remains open, it can only provide emergency services for U.S. citizens.
According to the Miami Herald, the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Human Rights Commission puts the number of dead since April 18 at 264, while Nicaragua’s Pro-Human Rights Association puts the figure at 309 people and thousands of wounded.
1/6 El gobierno de EEUU sancionó hoy, bajo la ley Global Magnitsky a 3 personas de Nicaragua que han estado involucradas en graves abusos contra los DDHH o actos de corrupción. https://t.co/cuVEK7Mo1y
— USEmbassy Nicaragua (@USEmbNicaragua) July 5, 2018
Confirming the US government requested the #Nicaragua police return, or pay for, donated vehicles which violated the terms of agreement when used to violently suppress the voice of Nicaraguans peacefully protesting and the police complied. https://t.co/n92ZZhTgNW https://t.co/5ERZXPLhzS
— Laura Dogu (@USAmbNicaragua) June 27, 2018
We condemn ongoing #Nicaragua gov’t para-police attacks vs UNAN students in Managua, the residents of Masaya, & detention of campesino leader Medardo Mairena. This violence to intimidate and repress the people must cease immediately.
— Francisco Palmieri (@WHAAsstSecty) July 14, 2018
Students in Nicaragua trapped in church amid gunfire by pro-government militias https://t.co/JZK18nstG0
— Joshua Partlow (@partlowj) July 14, 2018
Horrific scene in Nicaragua, as government forces fired at students, priests, journalists and others trapped inside a church. WaPo’s @partlowj was inside, and is now out and safe. See Josh’s Twitter feed for his reports during the mayhem. https://t.co/0kGT4otyQM
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) July 14, 2018
— Arturo Wallace (@bbc_wallace) July 14, 2018
There has been official US response, but obviously it’s not having an effect.https://t.co/zsNYeZxd8S
— Matt Davies (@MatttDavies) July 14, 2018
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) July 14, 2018
At least 270 people have been killed in Nicaragua since protests broke out in April – The Week in Numbers pic.twitter.com/S2xWmc5wwJ
— Human Rights Watch (@hrw) July 14, 2018