The regime of Daniel Ortega closed the office of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Managua on Sunday and prompted the departure of Nicaraguan representatives to that organizationHe had already announced his retirement in November 2021.
According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nicaragua, Denis Moncada, his country immediately ceases participation in the Organization of American States and withdraws the credentials of its representatives in Washington. Therefore, this infamous body will not have offices in our country. He added that their local headquarters is closed.
Minutes after the announcement, the offices of the Organization of American States in Nicaragua, located on the outskirts of Managua, were surrounded by the National Police, while their codes were dismantled.
“As of this date, Nicaragua is no longer part of all the deceptive mechanisms of this brutality, call it the Permanent Council, call it commissions, call it meetings, call it Summit of the Americas,” Moncada said in a letter read out by official broadcast. “We will not have a presence in any of the cases of this diabolical tool of the OEA,” he stressed.
The dictator Ortega, a 76-year-old ex-guerrilla fighter in power since 2007, announced at the end of last year that Nicaragua was withdrawing from The Organization of American States, which ignored his election to a fourth consecutive term, imprisoned his opponents and opponents and accused him of plotting against him. However, according to the protocols, the departure must take place within two years, in order for Nicaragua to complete the outstanding obligations it may have with the organization.
The regime erupted into outrage against the Organization of American States when the body approved the process for implementing the Inter-American Democratic Charter on accusations of human rights violations against Ortega in 2018.As part of the anti-government demonstrations documented by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), 355 people were killed.
On March 23, the Permanent Representative of Nicaragua to the Organization of American States, Arturo Macfields, was surprised during his speech at a session of the Permanent Council, during which he described Ortega’s administration as a “dictatorship” He denounced the precarious conditions in which his opponents were held.
“I cannot understand the government’s motives, but this withdrawal takes place a month after my speech before the Organization of American States.” Sunday, in an interview with Agence France-Presse. The OAS offices were “historically located in our country and were part of a historic pacification process in Nicaragua. The offices representing peace agreements in Nicaragua have been closed. The government is closing the door to peace.”
As detailed by McFields, the OAS offices in Managua are currently staffed with core administrative staff.
Nicaragua has been going through a political and social crisis since April 2018, which was exacerbated by the controversial general elections on November 7, in which Ortega was re-elected for a fifth and fourth consecutive term and again with his wife Rosario Murillo. As Vice President with her main rivals in prison.
On the day Macfields resigned, he denounced the Ortagus family’s brutality, still fearing reprisals. “I speak on behalf of more than 177 political prisoners and more than 350 people who have lost their lives in my country since 2018.. I speak on behalf of thousands of public servants (…), those who today have been forced by the Nicaraguan regime to demonstrate, to fill vacancies and repeat slogans because if they do not do so, they lose their jobs,” she said.
It follows: I have to talk even if I’m scared. I have to speak up even though my future and that of my family is uncertain. Since 2018, Nicaragua has become the only country in Central America where there are no printed newspapers, There is no freedom to post a simple comment on social networks. There are no human rights organizations. Not even one. They have all been closed, ejected, or closed down. There are no independent political parties, no credible elections, no separation of powers, but there are powers“.