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    The number of victims in anti-government protests in Nicaragua has reached 127 people since the start of the unrest in mid-April, the executive secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Paolo Abrao said.

    "According to our data, a total of 127 people have died in the course of protests and nearly a thousand were wounded," Abrao said, as quoted by the El Nuevo Diario newspaper.

    The protests in Nicaragua erupted on April 18 after the country’s government proposed a reform increasing social insurance payments for employers. On April 23, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announced his decision to scrap the reform but the deadly protests continued.

    On Friday, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed concern over the continued violence in Nicaragua and crackdown of anti-government protests.

    Moreover, the OHCHR called on the Nicaraguan government to take action to ensure that violence is prevented and provide safety for human rights activists. In particular, the organization expressed concern over the reported arrest of six human rights defenders on May 30 and called for their immediate release.


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