The total number of cases of violence in the run-up to next November’s general election in Nicaragua was 279 over a period of one and a half months.From April 1 to May 15, the Independent Committee Urnas Abirdas condemned this Monday.
Citizens’ Monitoring of Violence in the Electoral Process 178 harassment cases, 36 assaults, 27 arrests, 15 threats, 14 arrests, six injuries and three judicial proceedings were recorded.
At least 267 people were “identified” for violence perpetrated by the National Police (85.51% of cases) Or Sandinista groups “against organizations, media or political parties”, According to the group.
Cases of violence reported in the Open Arns report were added to the 323 more cases registered between October and March last year. 602 incidents of violence in the wake of the upcoming elections on November 7, In which President Daniel Ortega seeks to remain in power for another five years.
According to the observer group, in the last two months Nicaragua’s electoral environment has been characterized by “persecution of leaders of political organizations”, “limited access to the legislature” and “use of public resources by the ruling party in the pre-election campaign”.
The report highlights the abolition of the legitimacy of the Democratic Reforms Party (BRD) and the Conservative Party (PC), backed by one of the main opposition camps known as the National Alliance.
He also excelled Christiana Chamorro, director of the defunct Violeta Barrios de Zamoro Foundation, has been accused by the public ministry of embezzling money, goods and assets., According to Sid, a candidate for the presidency of the opposition party with the highest probability of defeating Ortega in the election.
The actions of the Sandinista regime against the local press, in which he cited the second attack against the media group led by journalist Carlos Fernando Zamoro, Ordega y Cassette 2021 prize winner and Christiana’s brother.
The atmosphere in Nicaragua has already been tense since April 2018, when a popular uprising erupted over controversial social security reforms that later turned into a demand for the resignation of President Ordega, who responded with brutal repression by forces. Security forces and Sandinista paramilitary groups against civil society.
Demonstrations, the executive described as an “attempt conspiracy”, At least 328 people died, According to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) Local agencies have raised this number to 684. Rule 200 only recognizes.
In the November elections, Ortega, who ruled between 1979 and 1990, seeks to extend the power he regained in 2007 by five years.
However, the majority of the opposition and the international community are already warning that the electoral process will not guarantee any transparency. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michael Bachelet, Warned last Friday There is concern that the chances of a free and genuine presidential election are dwindling For actions taken by the authorities against candidates and independent journalists.
The Geneva-based body was acquired by an intergovernmental body at the UN Human Rights Council last February. Close monitoring All aspects of human rights in the structure of the Nicaraguan election campaign.
“We have noticed a chaotic situation in recent weeksA spokesman for the Office for Human Rights said in a statement: Marta Hardado, Previously signed a statement on the matter.
For example, he mentioned Approval of the National Assembly, controlled by the ruling party, for electoral reform It ignores the demands of the opposition, civil society and the international community because it refuses to incorporate guarantees of impartiality by election agencies.
He noted that this is also in the reform Restrictions on freedom of expression, assembly and political participation, Y Allowed the dissolution of two political parties Under the pretext that they are acting against international norms.
When reviewing the law, UN experts find electoral reform allowed to be used to “silence dissent”.
The bachelorette office is one of the most worrying facts Launch of criminal investigation against presidential candidate Christina Zamoro Barrios, Allegation of money laundering.
The 67-year-old journalist described the case against him as “a heinous fraud” and denounced the freezing of his bank accounts and the removal of his bank secret. “I also see this as revenge against the legacy of my mother Violeta Zamoro, who we collected in a trust named after her. In that horrible way, she avenges that defeat (of the 1990s), it seems he did not win. “As long as his forces allow his forces to mislead the country.”, He commented in an interview with the company AFP.
According to a poll conducted by Sid Caleb in January, the presidential candidate has the support of 13.3% of the population and has been growing as an opponent of Ortega, who has been in power since 2007, and will run for a fourth consecutive term, according to his opponents. “People put me at the forefront of electoral preferences. That’s why the dictator ordered them to blame me, which is revenge against the people.”The Nicaraguan journalist said.
With information from EFE and AFP
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