The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) convened a new emergency session this Wednesday, December 8, derived from the “collective evaluation” that the regional body is conducting on the crisis in Nicaragua, in which a new project will be addressed resolution referring to non-compliance by the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo of the precepts established in the Inter-American Democratic Charter.
The draft resolution is promoted by the permanent missions to the OAS of Canada, Antigua and Barbuda, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guyana, and the United States. It is called “Results of the deliberations of the Permanent Council of November 29, 2021 on the situation in Nicaragua, in accordance with the resolution approved at the fifty-first regular session of the General Assembly.”
OAS Permanent Council considers draft resolution on the situation in Nicaragua
🗓️ December 8, 14:30 EST (19:30 GMT)
– OEA (@OEA_oficial) December 7, 2021
The draft resolution first highlights that Nicaragua “is not fulfilling the commitments assumed in the Inter-American Democratic Charter.” Furthermore, he once again urges the Ortega regime to release all political prisoners and “accept a high-level good offices mission authorized by the OAS Permanent Council.”
This mission would seek to negotiate an agreement that would have to lead to the following: “The implementation of comprehensive electoral reforms, in accordance with what was requested in previous OAS resolutions and in accordance with Nicaragua’s obligations under international law; the repeal of all laws that restrict political participation and limit human rights in a manner contrary to Nicaragua’s international human rights obligations and to a dialogue between all political parties and other actors in Nicaragua with the objective of holding elections presidential and early parliamentary elections that are free, impartial and transparent, with credible international observation ”.
They will ask for an urgent visit
The resolution also establishes that the Ortega regime allows the most immediate return to international human rights bodies, such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
It also entrusts the general secretary Luis Almagro to urgently request a meeting with the Government of Nicaragua in order to transmit this decision and obtain its commitment to accept the high-level mission. Almagro has to issue a report on these diplomatic efforts to the Permanent Council no later than December 17.
The Ortega regime began the process of leaving the OAS on November 19, arguing that the recent resolutions of the regional body “undermine the sovereignty and independence of Nicaragua.”
The collective appreciation was in compliance with the resolution “The situation in Nicaragua” adopted on November 12 at the 51st General Assembly of Foreign Ministers of the OAS, held virtually.
In that same resolution, the OAS declared – with 25 votes in favor, one against, seven abstentions and one absence – that the Nicaraguan elections of November 7 “They were not free, fair or transparent and they do not have democratic legitimacy.”
In these elections, President Daniel Ortega Saavedra was re-elected for the third consecutive time —second with his wife Rosario Murillo as vice president—; However, on this occasion the Sandinista leader appeared without political competition, after imprisoning the main opposition candidates, and without democratic guarantees.
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