The New Sorbonne University, in Paris, delivered this Monday, November 28 a doctorate honoris causa to the political prisoner Dora María Téllezwho has been kidnapped for more than 530 days in the cells of the Directorate of Judicial Assistance (DAJ), known as El Chipote.
The recognition was collected on behalf of Téllez by the journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro, director of CONFIDENTIALat the express request of the historian and guerrilla commander.
In the acceptance speech, Chamorro pointed out that the doctorate “appeals to citizens and governments everywhere, not to accept the normalization of the dictatorship (by Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo) and torture in Nicaragua”.
“This doctorate honoris causa calls on governments and movements of the democratic left in Latin America to define itself around the values and political practice symbolized by Dora María Téllezand to abandon double standards and opportunism for supposed reasons of State”, he stressed.
“A dictatorship in the name of the left cannot be justified,” he continued, “just as there cannot be a true left, without a full commitment to democracy and respect for human rights.”
In a public letter, Óscar Téllez Argüello, brother of Dora María, assured that his sister dedicate the honoris causa “to the political prisoners and damswho are committed to their fight for freedom and democracy in Nicaragua.”
“My sister expresses to you, in addition to her gratitude, her firm decision to continue the fight despite the torture and inhumane prison conditions to which political prisoners are subjected,” she wrote.
“Wish,” he continued, “that This recognition serves to highlight and create more and more awareness about the importance of denouncing more and more and with more force the atrocities of the Ortega-Murillo regime that has subjected an entire people to a regime of absolute silence and terror”.
On June 13, Téllez completed one year locked in a solitary confinement cell in the El Chipote prison. The political prisoner of the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo was unjustly sentenced to eight years in prison for alleged “conspiracy”.
The Sorbonne Academic Council unanimously resolved to award this recognition to honor the “exceptional political and scientific career” of Téllezand his lifelong commitment to social justice and democracy, both in Nicaragua and throughout the Latin American region.
The university also honored with a doctorate honoris causa four other international personalities, including former German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The prestigious award It is supported by the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France.
The Nicaraguan was nominated for the award by Marie Laure Geoffray, professor of Political Science at the University of new sorbonnewho does not know Téllez personally, but has read about her and the Sandinista Revolution.
In an interview with the Esta Noche program, Geoffray explained that was “impressed” by Téllez’s political and social trajectory.
At the beginning of this November, more than 1,400 citizens from Europe, the US and Latin America signed an open letter in which they demanded the release of Téllez —and the more than 200 political prisoners of the dictatorship— so that she could travel to Paris and receive her honoris causa in person.
The open letter, also published in the prestigious French newspaper Le Mondewas signed by academics, politicians, writers, researchers, MEPs and senators and former presidential candidates from Mexico and France.