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USA: OAS passes resolution condemning ‘human rights violations’ in Nicaragua

An Organization of American States (OAS) session on the situation on Nicaragua in Washington DC, became a verbal tug of war between the US and Nicaraguan representatives, as the permanent council passed a resolution “On Recent Events in Nicaragua,” proposed by its working group, on Wednesday.

“Despite the Nicaraguan government’s cynical efforts to disguise the truth, ongoing violence and repression continues from government forces and government supporters,” said Carlos Trujillo, who serves as the Permanent Representative of the US to the OAS.

“We as member-states must re-affirm clearly and unequivocally that violators and abusers of human rights must be held accountable,” he added.

Luis Exequiel Alvarado Ramirez, Nicaragua’s Alternate Representative to the OAS, fired back at the US comments, blaming worsening conditions on actions undertaken by “extremist opposition groups under the supervision and funding of an extremist sector of the United States government.”

The motion was passed with 19 votes in favour and four against.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s government has come under fire for its mishandling of protests, which initially broke out in April over reforms to the welfare system; since then over 260 people have died in the demonstrations.

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SOT, Ambassador Luis Exequiel Alvarado Ramirez, Nicaragua’s Alternate Representative to the OAS (Spanish): “Nicaragua will continue to work with care and dedication towards the full restoration of security, in a climate of peace, co-existence, harmony and reconciliation of the Nicaraguan family. Those have been and are valuable strongholds of the Nicaraguan people. We are willing to preserve them as the coup perpetrators have tried to destroy them with terrorist actions: assassinations, kidnappings, fires, torture and the destruction and burning of public buildings, among others. The aforementioned revealed the existence of the planning and organisation of extremist opposition groups under the supervision and funding of an extremist sector of the United States government, whose objective is, and was, and continues to be, the remission of the legitimately elected government in Nicaragua. We denounce this in the permanent council.”

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