United State supported the draft resolution condemning the regime of Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua and calling for the release of prisoners in Cuba and Venezuela, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said Thursday at the Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly.
“We supported a resolution condemning the (Daniel) Ortega government in this General Assembly,” he added. Blinken said after the dictator was re-elected in Sunday’s election without strong opponents, whether they are under arrest or exile.
The draft resolution was promoted on Wednesday by the United States, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Antigua and Barbuda. Requests the OAS Permanent Council to make an “immediate collective assessment (…) no later than 30 November and take appropriate action”.
The Inter-American Democratic Charter describes the consequences for governments From a region that does not respect human rights and “we have to respect that message,” Blinken insisted.
Pursuant to Article 21 of this letter Membership of a country can be suspended if it violates the democratic system And diplomacy did not succeed in solving the problem.
Minister of Foreign Affairs He also referred to the situation in Cuba, where the archipelago’s political think tank called for a peaceful protest on November 15. To demand the release of political prisoners.
“Many people They were being held without justification and are still being held.”The head of US diplomacy confirmed. “All people in Cuba and elsewhere have the right to protest as a group.”he added.
“And the right to choose their own leaders, as could be the case in Venezuela,” he said. He calls for the release of “all US citizens who have been unlawfully detained.”
The United States and 50 other countries It does not recognize the re-election of dictator Nicolas Maduro in 2018 to be considered “fraudulent”,
For Washington the renewal of Latin America and the Caribbean, the motto of this General Assembly of the Organization of American States, which It is held almost until Friday with Guatemala as the host country, It involves solving social and economic problems, fighting corruption and strengthening security forces.
During the meeting, the foreign ministers and top delegations of Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Paraguay, the United States and Uruguay all reiterated their concerns about the grave humanitarian emergency on Thursday. ., Human Rights Violations and the Migrant and Refugee Crisis in Venezuela.
“They demand the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners, an end to persecution, respect for the independence of parties, freedom of expression and the press, and the restoration of full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.” Joint statement on the situation in the Caribbean country.
(With information from Europa Press)