The United States has condemned the Nicaraguan government and demanded the release of political prisoners


The United States has condemned the Nicaraguan government and demanded the release of political prisoners in Cuba and Venezuela.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blanken supported the OAS resolution and called for the implementation of the Inter-American Democratic Charter.

Secretary of State Anthony Blanken said that the United States had backed a draft resolution condemning Daniel Ortega's Nicaraguan government and calling for the release of prisoners held in Cuba and Venezuela. Said in the General Assembly.

"We have supported a resolution that condemns the government of (Daniel) Ortega in this general assembly," Blinken said after the dictator was re-elected in Sunday's elections without solid opponents, who are in detention or exile.

The draft resolution promoted on Wednesday by the United States, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, and Antigua and Barbuda asks the OAS Permanent Council to carry out "an immediate collective evaluation (...) at the latest on November 30 and take appropriate action. "

The Inter-American Democratic Charter describes the consequences for the region's governments that do not respect human rights, and "we have to respect this charter," Blinken insisted.

Under Article 21 of this charter, a Member State can be suspended if it breaks the democratic order and diplomacy has not successfully solved the problem.

The Secretary of State also cited the situation in Cuba, where the Archipelago political reflection group called a peaceful protest for November 15 to demand the freedom of political prisoners.

"Many people who were unduly detained remain in detention," said the chief of US diplomacy. "All people both in Cuba and elsewhere have the right to protest as a group," he added.

"And the right," he said, "to choose their leaders, as could be the case in Venezuela," where calls for the release of "all US citizens who have been illegally detained."

The United States and 50 other countries do not recognize the reelection of the dictator, Nicolás Maduro, in 2018, considering it "fraudulent,"

For Washington, the renewal of Latin America and the Caribbean, the motto of this general assembly of the OAS, which is held virtually until this Friday with Guatemala as the host country, involves solving socioeconomic problems, fighting corruption, and strengthening the security forces.

During the meeting, the foreign ministers and chief delegates of Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Paraguay, the United States, and Uruguay reiterated their concern about the severe humanitarian emergency on Thursday. , human rights violations and the crisis of migrants and refugees in Venezuela.

"They demand the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners, the cessation of persecution, respect for the independence of the parties, freedom of expression and the press, and the restoration of full respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms." So says the joint statement on the situation in the Caribbean country.