The Inter-American Court of Human Rights finds Nicaragua in contempt and takes the case to the OAS

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San Jose (EFE) OAS).

“There is a prolonged disregard on the part of the State which places the beneficiaries of the provisional measures in an increasingly vulnerable situation and implies an aggravation of the situation of risk”, declared the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. man in a resolution published this Tuesday.

The text adds that the Inter-American Court “will submit to the consideration of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States the contempt of Nicaragua for its decisions”.

Calls go unheard in Nicaragua

The Inter-American Court explained that the State of Nicaragua has expressed its non-acceptance and rejection of the provisional measures adopted in favor of 75 imprisoned government opponents, resolutions dated June 24, September 9, November 4 and 22, 2021, as well as May 25 and October 4, 2022.

In these resolutions, the Inter-American Court ordered the immediate release of imprisoned opponents, including former presidential candidates, journalists, social leaders, businessmen, students, among others.

Among the beneficiaries of the measures are Juan Sebastián Chamorro, Osé Adán Aguerri Chamorro, Félix Alejandro Maradiaga Blandón, Violeta Mercedes Granera Padilla,. Daisy Tamara Dávila Rivas, Lesther Lenin Alemán Alfaro, Freddy Alberto Navas López and Cristiana María Chamorro Barrios.

“This Court concludes that the manifestation of the non-acceptance and rejection by the State of the provisional measures adopted by this Court, the prolongation of the detention of the beneficiaries of the provisional measures, maintains the persons in a state of absolute vulnerability”, has declared the Court. Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Lack of opposition protection

In addition, the Inter-American Court determined that “the detention of the beneficiaries of the provisional measures, as well as the criminal proceedings brought against them all, show a process of harassment and criminalization of people who identify themselves in opposition to the current government of the Nicaragua.” of President Daniel Ortega.

The resolution indicates that the contempt of the State and the poor conditions of detention of the prisoners suppose “a serious risk of suffering an irreparable violation of their rights to life, integrity, health and food”.

The resolution confirms that the Nicaraguan authorities have not facilitated prisoners’ periodic contact with their relatives and lawyers and that they have not been guaranteed access to health services and medicines, or to adequate food.

The Inter-American Court revealed that Nicaragua sent 19 communications in which it expressed its rejection of the provisional measures “on the grounds that they follow a script imposed by the United States of America” ​​and “include a biased narrative”.

Nicaragua has been going through a political and social crisis since April 2018, which worsened after the controversial general elections of November 7, 2021, in which Ortega was re-elected for a fifth term, the fourth in a row and the second with his wife. , Rosario Murillo. , as vice-president, with her main suitors in prison or in exile

In April 2018, thousands of Nicaraguans took to the streets to protest controversial social security reforms, which later turned into a demand for Ortega to resign as he responded forcefully.

The protests have claimed at least 355 lives according to the IACHR, although local organizations put the figure at 684 and the government acknowledges 200.

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