These are the most important news of March 18, 2022

These are the most important news of March 18, 2022

Two years after the first contagion of COVID-19 was registered in Nicaragua, the regime only assumes 228 deaths and more than 18,000 infections, despite the fact that there were dozens of express burials in the country.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has revealed that “it has not been able to carry out an exhaustive assessment of the pandemic” because the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo has not provided the necessary information to said organization.

For its part, the COVID-19 Citizen Observatory reported that, in this period, almost 6 thousand people have died for pneumonia and other symptoms related to the virus. It has also reported more 32 thousand suspected cases.

Related note: COVID-19 in Nicaragua, two years into the pandemic: Hermeticism, express burials and false “normality”

The regime continued to promote massive activities, did not establish restrictive measures, and its vaccination plan is also questioned by independent specialists.

Samantha Power, administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), stated that the charges against Cristiana Chamorro and the staff of the Violeta Barrios de Chamorro Foundation are “a farce orchestrated by the Ortega-Murillo regime to silence civil society and the media.

The USAID representative maintained that it is an organization that defends access to public information and strengthens independent journalism in Nicaragua. The agency was one of those that supported the canceled Foundation, whose members were accused of money laundering; a crime that, according to the defense, they could not prove because the funds granted are not dirty money.

Related note: USAID repudiates the “judicial farce orchestrated by Ortega” against the FVBCH

The United States Embassy in Managua published that, in 2021, Nicaraguan families received nearly 1.4 billion dollars in remittances from that nation.

The North American country emphasized that the amount represents 11 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), that is, “these funds put food on the table and are the livelihood of millions of Nicaraguans.”

The head of US diplomacy for Latin America, Brian Nichols, pointed out that, in practice, Nicaragua is excluding itself from the trade agreement known as DR CAFTA.

He explained that the regime isolates itself “by not respecting the principles of democracy, human rights and the rule of law that investors find crucial when deciding where to do their economic activities.”

Related note: Cenidh calls the cancellation of Operation Smile a “crime against children”

This day, he also lamented the cancellation of another 25 NGOs in Nicaragua. He said the Ortega-Murillos “are depriving Nicaraguans of vital social services, reliable information, and opportunities and, in its drive to create an authoritarian, one-party state, the regime is dragging the entire country down a dark path.”

Former police officer Bernardo Melecio Ruiz Chow was found guilty of the crime of femicide against the lawyer Martha Alicia Robinson Aragón, 35 years old; the first crime of gender violence registered this 2022.

In the trial, which lasted about ten hours, it was shown that Ruiz Chow planned the femicide against his ex-partner, which took place in the early hours of January 1 in Bluefields, South Caribbean. The femicide entered the victim’s home, while she said goodbye to the year with her relatives in another place; there he waited for her to attack her. The Prosecutor’s Office demands a life sentence against Ruiz.

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