OAS demands release of political prisoners in Nicaragua: Argentina abstained

Change of adviser, but not foreign policy. Yesterday, as was happening during the administration of Felipe Sola, Argentina abstained from the vote in the Organization of American States that demanded the immediate release of opponents of the Daniel Ortega regime detained in Nicaragua ahead of the November elections.

The resolution, in which Argentine Ambassador Carlos Raimondi abstained, was approved by 26 votes in favour, 7 abstentions, and one absent. The Argentine position was supported by Barbados, Bolivia, Guatemala, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Honduras and Mexico.

The only absentee, specifically, was Nicaragua, while Argentina’s partners in Mercosur, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay condemned the regime of Daniel Ortega and his wife, Rosario Murillo.

This is the second resolution issued by the Organization of American States to put pressure on the Nicaraguan regime and demand the release of presidential candidates and political prisoners. The previous ruling was approved in June with the support of 26 out of 34 active members of the regional bloc. On that occasion, seven members abstained, and Argentina, Bolivia and Mexico followed suit.

Although the text in question contains elements consistent with Argentina’s position with regard to the human rights situation in Nicaragua and the arrests of representatives of the opposition in Nicaragua – as already expressed in the joint statement with Mexico last June 15 – it appears to seek to prejudge on evolution. of an electoral law that has not yet been implemented, with various international standards not being invoked as requirements for any country, other than the fact that one may have adopted them in their own domestic legislation. The Argentine Republic understands that the hasty consideration of this matter by the Permanent Council is unacceptable and untimely, given the approach of elections in Nicaragua and the holding of the 51st General Assembly of the Organization of American States – scheduled for November 10. to 12, which included the question of Nicaragua among the issues to be considered. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that, besides approving some of the assessments contained in the project, Argentina along with 6 other countries voted to abstain.

Argentina’s position was heavily criticized by the opposition and also, along with that of the other six countries, by some of Raimondi’s colleagues in the Organization of American States.

at the United Nations

Last Thursday, October 14, Argentina was re-elected as a member of the Human Rights Council for the period 2022-2024 in elections held in New York City, the headquarters of the United Nations. The Latin American and Caribbean Group had to renew 3 vacancies for the above period. Honduras and Paraguay were also elected.

Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero said: We thank all UN Member States that supported Argentina’s re-election to the Human Rights Council for the period 2022-2024, and stated: Today we reaffirm our commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights. human rights, and we have a responsibility to continue to contribute to initiatives that raise international protection standards and contribute to the progressive development of international human rights law.

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