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Concern in Mexico and Argentina about what is happening in Nicaragua.
The governments of both countries called their ambassadors in the Central American nation for consultations on Monday about the “worrying political-legal actions carried out” by the government of Daniel Ortega in recent days.
In a joint statement, both report that they instructed the ambassador of Mexico, Gustavo Alonso Cabrera, and that of Argentina, Mateo Daniel Capitanich, to travel to their respective capitals to consult them on these measures.
“They have put the integrity and freedom of various opposition figures (including presidential candidates), activists and Nicaraguan businessmen at risk,” they said.
What exactly are they referring to?
The announcement comes amid the wave of arrests in Nicaragua five months before the presidential elections in the country, in which Daniel Ortega will seek his fourth consecutive term.
Those arrested include opposition leaders to activists, former Sandinista guerrillas and five possible presidential candidates.
The last of these was arrested this same Monday, the journalist Miguel Mora.
Possible Presidential Candidates Detained
- Miguel Mora, 57, businessman and journalist
- Felix Maradiaga, 44, political scientist
- Juan Sebastián Chamorro, 52, former executive director of the Nicaraguan Foundation for Economic and Social Development (Funides)
- Cristiana Chamorro Barrios ,, 67, daughter of former President Violeta Chamorro and who leads the popularity polls on the way to a presidential candidacy
- Arturo Cruz, 67, former ambassador
The United Nations, the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) have requested immediate release of opposition leaders, whom the Ortega government accuses of “coup plotters” and of wanting to destabilize the country.
Mexico and Argentina, for their part, promised this Monday that “they will remain attentive to the evolution of events related to the sister Republic of Nicaragua.”
“And they will continue to unequivocally promote the full respect and promotion of human rights, civil and political liberties and of expression of every person, regardless of their nationality and / or profession,” they maintained.
However, both refused to accompany a resolution approved on June 15 by 26 OAS countries to condemn the persecution of opponents, with the argument of the “non-intervention in internal affairs.”
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.