US criticizes Ortega for having ‘total control’ over Nicaragua


TODAY NICARAGUA (EFE) The US State Department on Tuesday (April 12) criticized in its annual human rights report that Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has “total control” over the country after being re-elected in elections marked by the imprisonment of opponents.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (right) and his wife Vice President Rosario Murillo

In his document 2021 National Reports on Human Rights Practices: Nicaraguathe United States pointed out that Ortega “achieved a fourth consecutive term” in the November elections after “arbitrarily imprisoning nearly 40 opposition figures, banning all credible opposition political parties from participating, blocking legitimate international observation efforts and committed widespread electoral fraud”.

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The State Department pointed out that in those elections, Ortega’s party had increased its supermajority in the National Assembly, which had previously served to amend the Constitution and allow for his re-election.

“The 2021 elections expanded the ruling party’s supermajority in the National Assembly, which previously allowed for changes to the constitution that expanded the scope of executive power and removed restrictions on the re-election of civil servants and mayors. of the executive.

“The Sandinista National Liberation Front of Ortega exercises total control over the executive, legislative, judicial and electoral authorities,” the report warns.

In addition, he explained that the government of this country continues without investigating or persecuting those who commit human rights violations, including “the 355 murders and hundreds of disappearances” that occurred during the protests against Ortega. in 2018.

The State Department said police and others linked to Ortega are waging a “campaign of harassment, intimidation, and violence” against those they view as “enemies of the regime,” such as opponents. , human rights defenders and priests.

The American document also mentions reprisals from individuals located outside of Nicaragua. In October 2020, the National Assembly approved the Politically Motivated Cybercrimes Law, which establishes that the government can use the international extradition system to prosecute Nicaraguans abroad who commit so-called cybercrimes.

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The article originally appeared on Today Nicaragua and is republished here with permission.

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