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This study examines the work of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Nicaragua between 1978 and 1992. It postulates that the Commission, while effective during the periods of transition or revolution, can be easily ignored by a government with a firm hold on power. It uses commission reports to illusrate the violations of human rights that occurred during the Somoza regime and the Sandinista government.