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IACHR condemns “severe repression” in Nicaragua, demands release of Daniel Ortega regime political prisoners

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US Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemns new reportSerious expansion of repressionIn the form of arrests of candidates for public office in Nicaragua, human rights defenders and independent journalists.

IACHR said, “Strong condemnation“Due to the actions of the authorities”In the last daysThe last of them was a former education minister, marking the arrest of several opposition parties in the run-up to the November 7 presidential election. Humberto Belle.

Commission “Arrest and criminalization“Among the candidates Christiana Zamoro Barrios, Arturo Cruz Sequeira, Felix Maradiga and Juan Sebastian Zamoro Garcia It lists a series of leaders and political leaders and human rights defenders detained between June 8 and 14.

IACHR urges Nicaragua to end repression, in particular, the release of all individuals who have arbitrarily lost their freedomThe international community said in a statement.

These cases, with the exception of Christiana Zamoro, “Organizing with foreign funding to undermine independence, sovereignty and self-determination, to provoke foreign intervention in internal affairs, to seek military intervention, to commit acts of terrorism and instability”.

In addition, IACHR condemns “Unequal use of force“Arrested agents and those who broke into their homes”Without a court order”.

Many of the detainees have not been known for more than ten days, they are in solitary confinement and have no opportunity to contact their legal representatives.

“Since the crisis began in 2018, The human rights situation in the country continues to deteriorate, In the context of general impunity and prolonged violation of the law, ”the IACR said. At least 328 people were killed and more than 2,000 were injured as a result of security forces’ operations.

More than 100,000 people have emigrated to other countries, and more than 1,600 have lost their liberties illegally and arbitrarily, 124 of whom have lost their liberties.

On June 2, 2021, in Managua, Nicaragua, Nicaraguan police officers photographed at the entrance to the home of opposition leader Christiana Zamoro, following a judge 's arrest warrant for money laundering and other crimes.  REUTERS / Carlos Herrera
On June 2, 2021, in Managua, Nicaragua, Nicaraguan police officers photographed at the entrance to the home of opposition leader Christiana Zamoro, following a judge ‘s arrest warrant for money laundering and other crimes. REUTERS / Carlos Herrera

Full report of IACHR

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The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has strongly condemned the recent escalation of violent repression in Nicaragua. IACHR urges Nicaragua to end repression, in particular, the release of all individuals who have arbitrarily lost their freedom.

On June 9, the IACR condemned the recent escalation of repression against opposition individuals and organizations, human rights defenders and the independent press. In particular, the Commission condemned detention and criminalization Cristiano Zamoro Barrios, Arturo Cruz Sequeira, Felix Maradia, Juan Sebastian Zamoro Garcia, Who made their presidential candidates public in the run-up to the general elections scheduled for next November.

Similarly, political leaders and human rights defenders who took place between June 8 and 14 included Violetta Granora Patila, Jose Adan Aguerre Zamoro, Jose Bernard Ballais Arana, Dora M. Teles, Ana Wiggle, Beneho, Hugo Hugo, beneficiary of the Suez Commission’s precautionary measures. , Tamara Devila. Similarly, on June 15, the arrest of Luis Alberto Rivas Andre, manager of Banbro, was also reported.

According to state general information, These cases, with the exception of Christiana Chamorro, are charged with money laundering, Are being investigated under “Law No. 1055 on the Protection of the Rights of the People for Freedom, Sovereignty and the Right to Self-Determination for Peace,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Should impose sanctions against, demand, praise, commend and hurt the highest interests of the country. ”

On the other hand, by Messi, The Commission has received information and evidence that he was overused by agents of the National Police at the time of his arrest.. In most cases, the search of homes was indicated without a court order.

On the other hand, family members and civil society organizations have expressed their concern Lack of information on where they are being detained, And with regard to his health. In other cases, From June 8, the IACHR warns that the whereabouts of Felix Maradiga and Juan Sebastian Zamoro will not be known.. Similarly, some of the relatives of the detainees went to the chipboard facilities daily to check the whereabouts of their relatives and to provide food and basic necessities at appropriate places.

Arrested candidates are Christiana Zamoro, Arturo Cruz, Felix Maradia Planton and Juan Sebastian Zamoro
Arrested candidates are Christiana Zamoro, Arturo Cruz, Felix Maradia Planton and Juan Sebastian Zamoro

The IACHR was informed of the authorities’ refusal to provide information and the restrictions and barriers to providing food to family members. In some cases, authorities have only allowed liquid food to enter, without ensuring that it is finally served, without knowing if they are in place. In this context, the information received about the health of Jose Ballai, who is in a critical condition with a degenerative condition, is of particular concern.

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According to the information received, the IACR further states, The state does not guarantee the right of processed individuals to adequate legal protection because they do not have access to their attorneys and legal representatives, and the majority remain unrelated.. Similarly, the IACR received information about having “secret” trials without legal representation in facilities other than Managua’s courts and tribunals. Similarly, the IACR has not commented on the ineffectiveness of habeas corpus or the personal exposure solutions provided.

Since the beginning of the crisis in 2018, the human rights situation in the country has continued to deteriorate, in the context of widespread punishment and prolonged violation of the rule of law. To date, at least 328 people have been killed in the state’s violent response; More than 2,000 were injured; More than 100,000 people have emigrated to other countries, most of them seeking international security; More than 1600 people lost their freedom illegally and arbitrarily at different moments of the crisis. To date, more than 124 people have arbitrarily lost their freedom, according to the mechanism for recognizing political prisoners as expressed by local civil society.

The Commission urges the Nicaraguan government to put an immediate end to harassment and arbitrary detentions, to immediately release all detainees in the wake of the crisis that began in 2018, to guarantee their integrity and personal security, and to re-establish such guarantees. The full enjoyment of civil and political rights. The Commission notes the Resolution (CB / RES 1175) adopted by the Permanent Council of American States on June 15, 2021, which condemns the intensification of the aforementioned repression and urges the Government to take steps to ensure free and fair elections. The country decides that the current conditions do not make them possible.

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Finally, the IACHR, as a regional body for the protection of human rights, ensures the protection and liberty of victims by ensuring its continued monitoring of the situation in the country, as well as the integrity of the lives and bodies of the people. The expression of the Nicaraguan people.

The IACHR is a primary and autonomous body of the Organization of American States (OAS) whose mandate arises from the US Convention on the OAS Charter and Human Rights. The Inter-American Commission has a mandate to promote the observance and protection of human rights in the region and acts as an advisory body to the OAS in this regard. The IACHR is made up of seven independent members elected by the OAS General Assembly at their personal discretion and does not represent the countries in which they were born or reside.

(With information from Europa Publishing)

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