MANAGUA, Nicaragua — The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights says a team of independent investigators has set up in Nicaragua to investigate political violence that has rocked the country since April.

The commission says at least 212 people were killed through June 19 in violent clashes between protesters demanding President Daniel Ortega's exit from office and state security forces and allied civilian groups. A Nicaragua-based rights group says 309 have died in all.

Paulo Abrao is executive secretary of the commission. He said Tuesday that investigators have complete autonomy and access to security files. The group can only make recommendations and cannot compel the government to comply with them.

Talks on seeking a solution to the crisis resumed earlier this month.