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marty with borderCHR Chair Martin Chalfie Expresses Concern about Human Rights Abuses in Nicaragua

On December 19, 2018, Nature published an article detailing the worrying crackdown on students, scientists, and other academics in Nicaragua.  The crackdown began following widespread protests in response to proposed changes to the country’s social security system.  As detailed in the article, authorities have used excessive and deadly force to suppress protestors, inciting further demonstrations that have led to more than 300 deaths.  Government security forces have also prevented medical professionals from treating injured protesters, and universities have fired dozens of faculty and staff members who have criticized the government’s handling of the demonstrations.  The article quotes CHR Chair Martin Chalfie, who expressed the CHR’s deep concern regarding the “threats and violence against our colleagues and the apparent targeting of academic institutions”.  For more information, read the June 2018 statement issued by the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies, for which the CHR serves as Secretariat.