On Wednesday, the Organization of American States approved a second resolution demanding the “immediate release” of opponents of Daniel Ortega’s government detained in Nicaragua ahead of the November elections, which Managua missed.
Following its resolution on Nicaragua in June, The Organization of American States decided to “reaffirm its call for the immediate release of presidential candidates and political prisoners”, in a text that won the support of 26 out of 34 active members of the regional bloc and seven abstained, including the delegations of Argentina. Bolivia and Mexico.
“With 26 votes in favour, 7 abstentions and one absence, the OAS Permanent Council approved the resolution on the situation in Nicaragua,” the organization said on its Twitter account.
In the text, the body expressed “Great concern” over the fact that Nicaragua has ignored the efforts of the OAS Permanent Council commitment to holding elections.free and just.”
It also warns that the OAS may take “other measures in accordance with the OAS Charter and the Inter-American Democratic Charter, including the assessment of elections” in Nicaragua, during the next annual Assembly of the Organization of American States, which will be held in Guatemala from 10 to 13 November .
From Argentina, which abstained from voting on the resolution, criticism of the government of that country was known: “Christina Kirchner’s disguised diplomacy continues, characterizing corporations and their criminal community with DD-violating dictatorships. h hprompting Argentina to abstain from voting on the OAS resolution demanding the release of political prisoners in Nicaragua.MP Alvaro de Lamadrid said.
Ortega’s government “categorically” rejected what it called “this illegal meeting” in the Organization of American States.
“It is unacceptable that another state or other states, in clear violation of the principle of self-determination of peoples and non-interference in the internal affairs of other states, rule over another free people,” the Nicaraguan foreign ministry said in a statement.
In early October, about 15 Democratic and Republican senators from the United States called on the Biden administration to penalize Ortega and declare the upcoming election illegitimate.
They also called for an assessment of Nicaragua’s suspension from the Organization of American States and a review of the country’s participation in the Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Central America and the Dominican Republic.
Meanwhile, several sectors of the Central American country highlighted the decision of the multilateral organization: ’26 countries of the Permanent Council of OEA_official On Wednesday, they approved a resolution calling on the Nicaraguan government to “immediately release presidential candidates and political prisoners”.noted the Nicaraguan Civic Alliance.
Argentina’s ambassador to the Organization of American States, Carlos Raimondi, noted this In addition to the fact that we can agree with some sections of the text, we do not consider it appropriate to attach this declaration. We consider it inadmissible and the statute of limitations has expired for reasons similar to those we issued in the joint statement with Mexico on June 15.”
For his part, the diplomatic representative of Uruguay before that organization, Washington Abdullah, stressed during his speech that “there are legal colleagues who do not fully understand the Democratic Charter, the Inter-American Charter and the meaning of international law, which is an issue in cases in terms of a notorious violation of human rights, electoral rights and the right to life “.
“I do not fully understand countries that do not understand that the dictatorship of Nicaragua is characterized by a high degree of violence. What do you need to understand that candidates are not allowed to be candidates freely, what do you need to see that there are desperate people crying out for freedom, and what else do you need to understand? It would unfortunately be embarrassing if it was an ideological read.”pointed out.
Since June, 37 opponents have been arrested in Nicaragua, including seven presidential candidates for the November 7 elections. Ortega, who has been in power since 2007, aspires to a fourth consecutive term.
With AFP information