The permanent mission of Antigua and Barbuda, together with seven other states, requested the morning of August 8 to the Organization of American States (OAS), to hold an extraordinary session to evaluate the situation of repression that Nicaragua is experiencing.
“Antigua and Barbuda to the Organization of American States, with the support of the permanent missions of Canada, Costa Rica, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Peru, the United States and Uruguay, presents its compliments to the Chair of the Permanent Council and has the honor of request that a special session of the Permanent Council be convened,” explains the letter sent by Antigua and Barbuda to the OAS.
They request that the meeting be scheduled “for 3:00 pm on Friday, August 12,” through which they intend to “consider the situation in Nicaragua as the item on the agenda. A draft resolution on the situation in Nicaragua will be presented shortly for distribution to member states.
Nicaragua is mired in a crisis that, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), left at least 355 dead in 2018, of which Ortega admitted 200 and alleged that he was defending himself from an alleged coup.
Recently, the regime has launched a persecution against Catholic leaders that has been condemned by other human rights organizations and international officials, who have insisted that Ortega respect the freedoms of religion and expression in Nicaragua.
The European Union also condemned the “arbitrary closure” of seven Catholic radio stations managed by the Diocese of Matagalpa, Radio Vos and Canal RB3 de Río Blanco by the dictatorship. The block of countries considers that the regime’s actions constitute “another violation of freedom of expression and freedom of religion or beliefs.
Likewise, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression (RELE) questioned “the arbitrary closure” of the seven Catholic radio stations in Nicaragua, as well as the violent entry of police into a parish.
Meanwhile, the United States Undersecretary of State for the Western Hemisphere, Brian Nichols, condemned the “brutal” attack carried out by the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo against the Catholic Church, the media and the religious community.