Amnesty International also questioned Argentina's ratification of the Nicaraguan election


Amnesty International also questioned Argentina's ratification of the Nicaraguan election, stating that the principle of non-interference does not apply.

The renowned NGO pointed out that the defense of human rights is above the arguments put forward by the government of Alberto Fernández to avoid condemning the regime of Daniel Ortega.

Amnesty International has joined a group of voices that have questioned the Argentine government's decision to ratify last Sunday's election scandal in Nicaragua and re-elected dictator Daniel Ortega as president, despite having locked up all his political rivals. In that sense, He explained that he did not apply the position of "non-interference" in the internal affairs of another country when it came to human rights.

The prestigious and recognized global NGO issued a statement on Wednesday in which it urges the Casa Rosada to redouble its efforts in defense of human rights and to get involved before the Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) that begins today and will debate as a central theme the humanitarian and political crisis in Managua.

"Facing the 51st regular session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) that begins today, Amnesty International calls on the Argentine State to put human rights as the central axis of any proposal to rebuild the region and redouble its efforts to put an end to the structures of repression and impunity in Nicaragua," the press release said.

Amnesty International reminded the government and Argentina's Foreign Ministry that the situation on the systematic violation of human and political rights in Nicaragua is being overwhelmed since 2018 and, in that case, "does not apply" the doctrine of "non - interference" as prefaced the Alberto Fernández's administration to avoid speaking out against Ortega and his regime.

"The principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of a State, to which the national government alluded to avoid ruling on the violations recorded during the presidential elections on Sunday, November 7, in that country, does not apply to human rights violations and crimes under international law. On October 20, Argentina had abstained from voting. Under a similar argument, a resolution in the Permanent Council of the OAS demanded that Nicaragua the "immediate release" of the detained opponents," said the NGO.

The document, signed by the Argentine branch of the international NGO, noted that it has denounced what is happening in Ortega's Nicaragua for years. "Amnesty International has denounced the systematic violation of human rights in Nicaragua since 2018 and how harassment, imprisonment, repression of political dissidence and lack of access to justice worsened as of May of this year.".

"In keeping with this, the election day was plagued by acts of political violence and acts of electoral coercion, without neglecting the fact that seven of the potential rivals of current president Daniel Ortega could not compete because they had been detained and deprived of that right to throughout the last few months. In this sense, the prospect of a fourth term for the current head of state is 'terrifying'", they remarked from the organization.

Other questions

Amnesty International's warning adds to the criticism made public by Human Rights Watch in the mouth of its Executive Director for the Americas, José Miguel Vivanco, who on Tuesday described the position of the Argentine Foreign Ministry as "nonsense."

"Nonsense of the Argentine Foreign Ministry on Nicaragua. In his opinion, elections and the arrest of presidential candidates are two different things. They are 'concerned about the arrests but do not comment on the elections because they are 'internal issues,'" said  Vivanco.

Late on Monday, a day after the electoral fraud took place, the Argentine government avoided condemning the maneuvers carried out by  Ortega and his wife  Rosario Murillo to perpetuate themselves in power by arresting the presidential candidates who could compete for the first magistracy. "A few hours after the end of the election act, we maintain our diplomatic tradition of non-interference in internal matters in other nations," established in its main paragraph the statement of the Foreign Ministry headed by  Santiago Cafiero.

Curiously, in the same document, the Cafiero ministry does speak of internal  Nicaraguan issues when referring to the regime's political prisoners, although without linking them to the electoral act. Despite not condemning the controversial elections, the Argentine government reiterated its "concern over the arrest of opposition leaders" and "the need for the Nicaraguan government to ensure respect for the human rights of the entire population. "

"In Argentina, we understand that democracy means respecting ideological diversity and civic participation without proscriptions. Therefore, we must accompany the people of Nicaragua so that they can recover dialogue and democratic coexistence as soon as possible," concludes the statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Alberto Fernández government.

This is not the first time that  Fernández has shown his support for the Nicaraguan dictatorship. On October 20, his government abstained from condemning the regime in a vote by the  Organization of American  States (OAS) that demanded: "the immediate release" of opponents detained in  Nicaragua before the elections finally held this Sunday. November 7 and that the leading democracies of the world condemned them.