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EU hits Nicaragua on rights, seeks sanctions as talks resume
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Mar 14, 2019 1:40 PM 4+ day ago

By GABRIELA SELSER - Associated Press - Thursday, March 14, 2019

The non-binding resolution asks the European Union's External Action Service and member nations for "targeted and individual sanctions" such as visa bans and asset freezes against the Central American nation and "individuals responsible for human rights abuses" until fundamental rights and freedoms are restored and upheld.

EU Parliament member Ana Gomes said the measure was approved by a vote of 332 to 25, with 39 abstentions. Resolutions of this kind do not set EU policy.

At least 325 people died last year amid a crackdown on protests demanding Ortega leave office and allow early elections, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Thousands more were wounded, detained or fled into exile. Ortega's government has also imposed a de facto ban on opposition demonstrations the past six months and shuttered some independent media outlets and non-governmental organizations.

In Managua, opposition negotiator Carlos Tunnermann said an envoy from the Organization of American States and the Vatican's ...

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