Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has ordered a team from the UN Commission for Human Rights to leave. The expulsion comes days after a critical report into human rights in Nicaragua during months of anti-government protests.
However, the chief of the UN mission, Guillermo Fernandez, said his team would continue to monitor the situation from abroad.
More than 300 people were killed during the recent political unrest. The report released on Wednesday called on the government to stop the persecution of protestors and disarm masked gangs allegedly responsible for killings and arbitrary detentions.
President Ortega had invited the UN team to help monitor a national dialogue process between the government and the protestors which stalled.
He said that the UN had overstepped its authority and was violating Nicaragua’s national sovereignty.