Doña Flor Ramírez, known as the “lady in the huipil”, decided to cross the dangerous waters of the Rio Grande on the border between Mexico and the United States to go into exile in the North American nation.
The representative figure of the social protests that began in April 2018 was the victim of siege, harassment, persecution, and aggression by the regime’s Police and paramilitary supporters of the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo.
In a video released by the Boletín Ecológico platform, Mrs. Flor Ramírez crossed into the United States and turned herself in to the US immigration authorities to request political asylum.
In August 2021, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) considered that Flor Ramírez is in a serious and urgent situation because her rights to life and personal integrity are at risk of irreparable damage. The organization asked the Sandinista regime to adopt the necessary measures to protect the rights to life and personal integrity of Ramírez.
The IACHR granted her precautionary measures and warns that Ramírez, as an opposition woman, faces a situation of risk accentuated by gender stereotypes, historical discrimination, and prejudices related to how she should dress, act, or the roles that women should play in society.
“The State must ensure that its agents respect the life and personal integrity of the beneficiary, as well as protect her rights in relation to acts of risk that are attributable to third parties, in accordance with the standards established by international human rights law” , the Commission noted.
The Sandinista regime was consulted by the IACHR about Ramírez’s case and asserted that she and her family “are not in any risk situation that endangers their lives, their physical or psychological integrity, or the exercise of their fundamental rights.” .
Doña Flor became a character in the social protests when she marched and shouted slogans wearing a blue and white huipil that she made herself. She repeatedly denounced the regime’s police siege, verbal and physical attacks, and illegal detentions.