The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) will meet on Tuesday to analyze the situation in Nicaragua and eventually approve a resolution that urges the government of Daniel Ortega to reverse its actions against the opposition and adopt measures to hold “free elections. and fair ”, was reported in Washington on Friday (06/11/2021).
The OAS indicated on its website that the extraordinary virtual session of June 15 was convened by the representations of Canada, chaired by the Permanent Council of the OAS, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, the United States, Paraguay and Peru.
Secretary General Luis Almagro requested the meeting in the face of what he called an “unprecedented attack” by the Nicaraguan government against the opposition, including the recent arrest of seven political leaders, four of them presidential candidates for the November 7 elections, in the that Ortega will seek his third reelection.
The session will discuss a draft resolution entitled “The situation in Nicaragua,” which highlights “unequivocally condemning the arrest, harassment, and arbitrary restrictions imposed on potential presidential candidates, political parties, and independent media, and requesting the immediate release of possible candidates and all political prisoners ”.
It also urges the Nicaraguan government to “without delay implement legislative and other measures that are consistent with applicable international standards in order to promote free and fair elections in November, including the good reception of credible electoral observers from the OAS. and from other countries ”.
Almagro has said that in Nicaragua there has been a breakdown of the “constitutional order”, and has suggested the possibility that the member states of the OAS invoke Article 21 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, which would mean the suspension of the country in the body. hemispheric.
The Nicaraguan police have held presidential candidate Cristiana Chamorro under house arrest since June 2, accused of alleged money laundering. He also imprisoned the opposition candidates Arturo Cruz, Félix Maradiaga and Juan Sebastián Chamorro; the business leader José Adán Aguerri and the political leaders Violeta Granera and José Pallais, whom the government accuses of violating sovereignty and requesting foreign sanctions.
Meanwhile, the head of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez, and the president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, joined their voices in San José to demand that Ortega release the detained opponents.
Sánchez addressed Ortega: “Let him play fair, free the opponents and attend this electoral process in fair play and fair play,” he said after expressing that he is very concerned about what is happening in Nicaragua. Spain’s position is the same as that of the European Union: “firm defense of rights, freedoms and democratic values,” he added.
Also, a group of US senators —Marco Rubio and Jim Risch, among others— sent a letter to President Joe Biden this Friday asking him to review Nicaragua’s participation in the Free Trade Agreement with Central America and the Dominican Republic (DR-CAFTA), to investigate the assets and assets of that country’s army in the United States and extend sanctions to Sandinista deputies involved in human rights violations.
gs (ap, efe, afp, La Prensa)