Awareness and fundraising campaign #SOSNicaragua

It happened yesterday but it could well be today.
— Playwright Ariel Dorfman on "Death and the Maiden"

Almost half a century after the events in Chile that inspired the play, history repeats itself in Nicaragua, Venezuela and far too many other countries around the world. Peel the Limelight would like to raise awareness of how the human rights violations discussed in our production, including torture and rape, are still happening today.

 
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Since April 2018, a serious human rights crisis has erupted in Nicaragua, characterized by multiple forms of repression and other forms of violence that have resulted in thousands of victims, including approximately 300 deaths and 2,000 persons injured, according to a report by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The report attributes most of these deaths to the police and pro-government armed gangs, who have also abducted or arbitrarily detained protesters across the country. Several human rights organizations, including the Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, have documented cases where detainees were subject to beatings, waterboarding, electric shocks, and rape.

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Leaders of rural movements, student movements and human rights organizations have been relentlessly persecuted and arrested on charges of terrorism and other crimes, without evidence or due process. With the escalation of violence and the deterioration of the economy, thousands have decided to emigrate or seek political asylum, including an estimated 23,000 people fleeing to neighboring Costa Rica. Five months into the crisis, human rights violations continue with impunity and the support from the government.


 

Part of the proceeds of our production of “Death and the Maiden” will be donated and used to cover the basic needs of Nicaraguan refugees in Guatemala and Costa Rica escaping repression, persecution and unemployment. We will accept donations from our audiences during the shows. If you would like to help us raise awareness, follow and share the news with the hashtag #SOSNicaragua!

 
The violence and repression seen in Nicaragua since demonstrations began in April are products of the systematic erosion of human rights over the years, and highlight the overall fragility of institutions and the rule of law.
— Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 5 July 2018