The Regional Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Inter-American Commission (IACHR) they condemned the recent arrest of three peasant leaders and two students in Nicaragua, and requested their release by the government of Daniel Ortega
The Nicaraguan National Police detained on July 5 five peasant and student leaders, what join the other 21 people who were arrested in recent weeks in the Central American country, according to complaints received by human rights organizations, the UN reported in a statement reproduced by the DPA agency.
In this way, the United Nations and the IACHR qualified as “very worrying” that the Nicaraguan government “focus on the peasant and student sectors,” two of the main protagonists in the protests that began in April 2018, as well as in the national dialogue.
In fact, some of those incarcerated had previously expressed themselves as candidates to stand in the presidential elections, scheduled for November 7, among which is Medardo Mairena.
UN and OAS demand the release of people “arbitrarily detained” (Photo by Handout / Nicaraguan Presidency / AFP)
Others of the detainees are opposition leaders, human rights defenders, businessmen and independent journalists, as well as 130 other people who remain under arrest after the 2018 protests.
That is why the UN and the Inter-American Commission urged Nicaragua to put an end to the arbitrary detentions and release all those arrested in the context of the political crisis that the country is going through.
In addition, the United Nations regretted that, so far, none of the detainees have been able to contact their family or speak to a lawyer of their own choosing.
The information received by the organizations indicates that on July 6 the legal team of the Permanent Commission on Human Rights was expelled from the premises of the Directorate of Judicial Assistance, which had come to inquire about the peasant leaders they represent and their situation.
In the same way, they have detailed that relatives were prevented from entering from student leaders and journalists who wanted to report on the matter.
The Argentine position
Both before the Organization of American States and the United Nations, the Argentine Government he refrained from condemning policies of the Nicaraguan Executive, which generated a series of criticisms, even from the United States.
Argentina and Mexico had decided at the end of June to abstain in the face of the tough resolution of the OAS Permanent Council, which called on Ortega to release political prisoners and respect democratic institutions.
The position generated much criticism, which worsened with the statement wash that were broadcast by Mexicans and Argentines in the eyes of the rest of the diplomats who share the OAS space with them.
Carlos Raimundi, Argentine ambassador to the OAS, during a vote for Nicaragua.
The reason given by Carlos Raimundi, Argentine ambassador to the organization was that of “Non-interference” in the internal affairs of another country.
However, days later and at the time of endorsing a document by the UN, Alberto Fernández’s administration fell into a confusing “yes, no”.
First, he had a hardening gesture against Ortega’s policies. However, the decision was reversed and Argentina again refrained from approving or disapproving the initiatives of the organizations, which did sign almost 60 countries in which they demanded the Nicaraguan regime to allow “free” and “transparent” elections and to release its prisoners. politicians.
At the end of June, Mexican President López Obrador distanced himself from the position he had adopted in conjunction with Argentina and spoke out against the repression and imprisonment of the Ortega regime.