After 81 days without seeing his relatives who are detained in the cells of the Directorate of Judicial Assistance (DAJ), known as El Chipote, his relatives are demanding “proof of life” of the more than 50 political prisoners locked up in the cells of the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo. In a press conference they raised an urgent appeal to the Nicaraguan regime to allow the relatives of the hostages of conscience to enter the prison to verify their condition and if they are still alive.
In addition, they have requested the accompaniment of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to verify the real situation of the political prisoners. Cristopher Mendoza, relative of the political prisoner Miguel Mendoza, pointed out that they are in “extreme concern” for life after two months of solitary confinement where they have not been granted a single visit. “We have for his life,” said Mendoza.
They denounced that the political prisoners in “El Chipote” are subjected to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment; little and bad food; without access to medicine for the diseases they suffer from. They demand that their relatives have access to adequate and healthy food, hygiene and sanitation in the cells, reading material and other rights that they have been denied in more than a year in detention.
Berta Valle, wife of former presidential candidate Félix Maradiaga, stated that her request is humanitarian and not political because it is about protecting the lives of innocent people who must be released. She added that as long as the unconditional release of all political prisoners is not given, the demand is that life be protected.
Victoria Cárdenas, wife of former presidential candidate Juan Sebastián Chamorro, demanded that the dictatorship allow political prisoners to communicate with their minor children or those who are outside the country, a right that has been denied to them since their relative was captive in the prisons of the dictatorship.
Hostages of conscience in Nicaragua are subjected to “white torture,” a practice that is used “to destroy them as functional human beings in the future.” In prisons they suffer isolation, lack of sunlight, solitary confinement, interrogations, they do not have medical attention or access to reading material, nor to regular visits from their relatives, especially their minor sons and daughters.
The justice of the regime accuses him of violating Law 1042, the Special Cybercrime Law and Law 1050, the Sovereignty Law, two legal instruments used to repress, imprison and silence dissident voices and critics of the Ortega Murillo regime. The alleged victims of the crimes that he is accused of are the State and Nicaraguan society.