Opponents of the Association of Relatives of Political Prisoners of Nicaragua urged this Tuesday the General Secretariat of the OAS and the member countries to take “measures” against the Government of President Daniel Ortega for having closed and forcibly occupied the offices of that organization in Managua.
“We ask the General Secretariat of the OAS, the friendly member countries of this organization, to take action on the events that have occurred,” advocated that Association, in a statement.
Last Sunday, the Nicaraguan Police occupied the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Managua after the expulsion of that organization from the country announced the day before by Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Denis Moncada.
The relatives of the so-called “political prisoners” urged the OAS General Secretary to convene a session of the Permanent Council to address the expulsion of the organization from Managua, which they described as “arbitrary, illegal and illegitimate.”
“Despotically, the OAS headquarters have been taken over with violence and abuse of force with the use of the National Police, which are currently part of the repressive organs of the dictatorship,” denounced that opposition group.
In the opinion of that Association, the Ortega Executive expelled the OAS from the country because “it is known to be isolated by the democracies of the world, which have condemned it and accused that its entire structure violates human rights and has committed a crime of lese humanity”.
“ANOTHER VIRULENT ACT OF THE DICTATORSHIP”
For their part, opponents of the Blue and White National Unity denounced that “the Nicaraguan dictatorship, headed by the Ortega-Murillo binomial, knowing that it is repudiated by the international community, has decided to leave the OAS, by withdrawing the accreditation of its delegates before the regional organization and expel its mission in Managua.”
“The act of withdrawing its representatives from the OAS and ordering the closure of the offices in Managua is another virulent act of the dictatorship that in its suicidal route has opted for international isolation,” the National Unit said in a statement.
“The dictatorship knows that within the OAS rejection is majority. The regime takes this step in a forward flight, after it had already announced its withdrawal on November 19, 2021”, he considered.
For the opposition members of the National Unity, “Ortega decides to flee after the coup that represented the denunciation” of his former ambassador to the OAS, Arturo Mcfields, on March 23, “when he exhibited the dictatorial nature of the regime and the situation of political prisoners and demand their freedom.”
NICARAGUA REQUESTED HIS DEPARTURE AFTER ELECTIONS
On November 19, Nicaragua denounced the OAS Charter, the founding document of 1948, in which it requested its departure from that body after rejecting the legitimacy of the elections in the Central American country.
The measure was adopted after the member countries of the OAS approved in the General Assembly held from November 10 to 12, a resolution condemning the Central American country for the elections of November 7, in which Ortega prevailed for a fifth mandate, which they considered “were not free, fair or transparent and do not have democratic legitimacy.”
Those elections were highlighted by the absence of seven potential candidates for the Presidency of the opposition who were imprisoned prior to voting accused of “treason against the country” or money laundering, including the independent Cristiana Chamorro, favorite in the polls.
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Also due to the elimination of three opposition parties, the repeal of electoral observation, discrepancies on the level of abstention, and a series of laws that restricted participation in the process.
Ortega, 76, who returned to power in 2007, was re-elected for his fifth five-year term and fourth consecutive, along with his wife Rosario Murillo, as vice president, in those elections that have not achieved the recognition of the majority of the international community.
Nicaragua’s departure from the OAS will take two years to be effective, that is, until November 2023, according to the charter that governs this organization created in 1948 and headquartered in Washington.