Through a statement, the Granada International Poetry Festival in Spain denounced the Daniel Ortega regime for its “arbitrary and despotic” decision to cancel the legal personality of the Granada Poetry Festival in Nicaragua along with 18 other non-governmental organizations.
“With this arbitrary and despotic decision, one more of a cruel and bloodthirsty dictatorship that carries behind it the murder of hundreds of people, political prisoners subjected to torture and thousands of exiles, it is also intended to silence the voice of poetry in a country of poets such as Nicaragua”, denounces the Spanish organization with which the Nicaraguan festival has been twinned since 2005.
The legal basis for requesting the banning of the new NGOs, the Sandinista deputy Filiberto Rodríguez López, points out that the entities, associations or Foundations have already transgressed and failed to comply with their obligations under the laws that govern them as non-profit organizations. The legislative decree initiative was presented by Rodríguez, a member of the Peace, Defense, Governance and Human Rights Commission.
The parliamentarian affirmed that the “actions” of the organizations “have hindered the control and surveillance of the General Directorate of Registration and Control of Non-Profit Organizations, which is run by the Ministry of the Interior for this purpose; by not complying with the laws that govern and regulate them, they have acted against express law.”
“For what the Ministry of the Interior has requested, based on Article 34, numerals 7,9,24,25,27 128 Law No. 1115, General Law of Regulation and Control of Non-Profit Organizations (…) Therefore, it has requested the National Assembly to Cancel the Legal Personality of these entities, considering that they have failed to comply with their duties and obligations before the Regulatory Entity,” he added.
The parliamentarian also pointed out that the “headless” organizations have violated the Law Against Money Laundering, the financing of terrorism, and the financing of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.” Rodríguez pointed out a series of alleged non-compliances by the NGOs and that, according to him, are the reasons why their legal personality is also being canceled.
To end the international festival, it appeals to «the writers of the world, to the festivals and literary meetings to raise their protest against this outrage to what poetry means, which is a word in freedom, which is the voice of those who have no voice. . It is not time for complicit silences».