Q24N (CONFIDENTIAL) An international commission made up of parliamentary deputies, social activists and human rights defenders from six Latin American countries will attempt to enter Nicaragua on Friday July 8 to personally verify the conditions under which more of 180 political prisoners from the Ortega-Murillo regime are being held.
The committee, made up of deputies and activists from Argentina, Costa Rica, Mexico, Brazil, the Dominican Republic and Panama, leads a caravan that includes exiles and human rights activists. man from Nicaragua.
The group will leave the Costa Rican capital of San Jose and head to the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border crossing at Peñas Blancas.
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The weekly internet newscast Tonight moderated a conversation with two Argentinian members of the commission. They agreed in the opinion that the government model of Daniel Ortega and his wife should not be considered “leftist, socialist, or anti-imperialist”.
“Economically or politically, however you look at it, the Ortega regime has nothing to do with socialism, with the left or with an anti-imperialist model. It is important to unmask this pretension,” said Luciana Echevarria, MP for the province of Cordoba in Argentina, representative of the Socialist Workers Movement and the Left United Front (MST – FIT Unidad).
“We are in a moment of great social polarization on a global level. The right and the imperialists use the atrocities of the [Ortega-Murillo] regime in an attempt to delegitimize an entire model, to delegitimize many [social] struggles”, underlined the Argentine legislator.
“A socialist leader could never become the executioner of his own people, and that is what is happening in Nicaragua (…) The only way for them to implement their economic and political plan is by force” , she added.
“Unmasking the Regime”
Argentinian activist Mariano Rosa, political coordinator of the international commission, said: “One of the strengths of our initiative is that in no case can we be accused of having any relationship with the embassy of the States United or with straight sectors. We are on the left.
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He explained that the country needed “an international task force for immediate humanitarian support for the life and freedom of (political) prisoners because in Nicaragua there is a dramatic situation, one of the most serious in Latin America and internationally”.
He also called for “a political task of unmasking”, since the regime “has nothing to do with the left, nor with anti-imperialism, nor with socialism, nor with anything”.
“[In Nicaragua] there is a situation of brutal repression, a dictatorship, a police state, which we consider to be the opposite of our conception of a leftist model”, commented the national leader of the MST-FIT unit and the Socialist League international.
“Cowardly” attitude of the presidents
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The activist noted that Mexican President Andres Lopez Obrador and Argentine President Alberto Fernandez displayed “a cowardly attitude” and maintained “a complicit silence” in the face of the Ortega regime’s crackdown.
“There is no forceful attitude, there is no clear position or determination to condemn what is happening there. [Nicaragua]. It has nothing to do with the Biden administration’s political alignment; it is about recognizing that there is a police state, that there is no right to demonstrate, that there are 190 [political] prisoners held in subhuman conditions,” he commented.
“It’s terrible that all this is done in the name of progressivism, of the left, of anti-imperialism. We believe that these governments have a responsibility to take a very clear, emphatic and conclusive position of condemnation,” he added.
In the case of President Gabriel Boric of Chile and recently elected Gustavo Petro of Colombiathe MP feels the need to wait and see “how these governments move forward, that they don’t just make a statement [of condemnation] but also exert more international pressure.
“Sanctions must be established, and a diplomatic break with this government [of Ortega’s]. Ultimately, it seems these are the tactics that need to be advanced if the intention is really to confront a dictatorship in these times,” Echeverria commented.
Silence of the regime
The international commission sent requests to be allowed to enter Nicaraguan territory through several routes; however, so far the regime has not reacted. At the beginning of last June, a delegation affiliated with the Argentine coordinating organization “Meeting for Memory, Truth and Justice” came to the Nicaraguan Embassy in Argentina to deliver a note to the Ambassador named by Ortega regarding their planned trip to the country. They were not received by embassy staff.
“We made diplomatic requests at the highest level – through embassies and consulates of different countries around the world. There is a request through the Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs, another through the Embassy in Managua, but so far the responses have been evasive,” said Mariano Rosa, who indicated: “we have made a very concrete proposal with a programmed itinerary” of the prisons they wish to visit.
This would not be the first international commission that the regime refuses to authorize in Nicaragua. In mid-June, the Ortega-Murillo government categorically refused to allow entry or cooperate in any way with the Commission of Independent Experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council. , with the aim of investigating the human rights violations that have occurred in Nicaragua. between 2018 and 2022.
Echevarria said the visit to Costa Rica and the Nicaraguan border – if they are denied entry – will serve to document testimonies from relatives of political prisoners and Nicaraguans forced into exile, testimonies they will include in a report to spread in international circles.
” A difference [between this commission] and other organizations is that we are here putting our bodies on the line, because we think that is how we have to face this regime,” said the Argentine legislator.
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