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Nicaragua bishops call for dialogue on protests

15 May 2018

Nicaragua's body of Roman Catholic bishops said that it would mediate in talks between the government and civil society representatives beginning on May 16. The religious intervene followed deadly protests in recent weeks against President Daniel Ortega. The talks were announced hours after the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights said it was invited to visit the country for a fact-finding mission. Anti-government protests in Nicaragua began in mid-April following a controversial social security overhaul. The United Nations said last week that it believed at least 47 people had been killed, most of them students.