June 4, 2023

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IACHR report on human rights violations in Nicaragua submitted to OAS

View of the full session of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington (EFE / Lenin Nolly / Archivo)

Conducted by the Permanent Council of American States (OAS) Normal virtual session Resolve various issues including report submission “Concentration of power in Nicaragua and weakening of the rule of law”, Released October 28th By the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)

In short, the IACHR has confirmed the November 7 elections in Nicaragua They are trying to keep Daniel Ortega in power And pointed out “Structural impunity“And this”Crimes against humanity”In a Central American country.

Elections “An environment of repression and the closure of democratic places in the country. With it Against the backdrop of repression, corruption, electoral fraud and structural impunity, permanence in power must be maintained indefinitely and with privileges and exceptions.Said IACHR, a component of OAS.

The above conditions make a complete and free electoral process impossibleWarned.

The report specifically mentions No measures have been taken to promote free elections Raised by the OAS General Assembly.

At its last meeting, in October 2020, the OAS ‘highest body, Nigeria, insisted To promote electoral reform To guarantee the transparency of the elections, but the Daniel Ortega regime rejected the resolution.

Political banner (EFE / Jorge Torres / file) with the image of President Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo's presidential formula in Managua
Political banner with the image of President Daniel Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo’s presidential formula in Managua (EFE / Jorge Torres / file)

“Terrorist regime”

The IACHR report this year, “In an unusual way”, More than 30 were detained “arbitrarily”, Including Seven candidates for the presidency, Those without freedom.

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More condemnation Cancellation of the legal status of the three political parties, தி “Continuous harassment”For civil and human rights organizations; And this Persecution and oppression against all enemies.

Nicaragua became a “police state”Ordega executive in office since 2007, “Has established a terrorist regime“, With suspension of fundamental rights and a”Serious and systematic“Attack on Public Freedom”By state and state security agenciesIACHR said.

In response to the massive anti-tuberculosis protests that erupted in 2018, the Ortega regime, “the report added.Was held to be considered crimes against humanity under international law”.

The crackdown on protests has killed at least 328 people, detained 1,614, 136 of whom are still in prison, and more than 103,000 deported, according to the IACHR.

Christiana Zamoro, Arturo Cruz, Felix Maradiga, Juan Sebastian Zamoro and Miguel Mora are some of the presidential candidates arrested in Nicaragua.
Christiana Zamoro, Arturo Cruz, Felix Maradiga, Juan Sebastian Zamoro and Miguel Mora are some of the presidential candidates arrested in Nicaragua.

The United States, Canada and Uruguay have condemned the Ortega regime’s repression

United States He said he was paying attention. “With serious concern that elections are taking place in this repressive environment”.

The North American nation has expressed and underscored its interest in the OAS for detained presidential candidates: “The hope that the election should be free and fair has been dashed”.

The election lost credibility and was a lie. The United States will continue to use the diplomatic means at its disposal. OAS member states insist that the situation be monitored regularly, “said David Cook, chief of The Christian Science Monitor’s Washington bureau.

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He later said: “We hope the IACHR report indicates that member states are aware of the situation and how Nicaraguan citizens are being persecuted. The OAS must continue to work and protect the rights of Nicaraguan citizens”.

And he concluded: “We urge the Nicaraguan government to comply with the report’s recommendations, especially the release of all political prisoners”.

Canada, For its part, “The next event on November 7 is a mockery of the election. They will not be independent, impartial or open.

Finally, Uruguay He expressed his dissatisfaction with the situation in Central America. “The situation in Nicaragua is absolutely shocking”, He insisted.

If crimes against humanity have taken place, it must be taken to the area where it is being taken. We must continue to ask for human rights in Nicaragua, ”he concluded.

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