Tuesday, May 24

The European Parliament asks for direct sanctions against Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo

Correspondent in Brussels



The plenary session of the European Parliament approved this Thursday a resolution calling for sanctions to be decreed against the Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega, and his wife, Rosario Murillo, in response to the repression exercised by the regime against all opponents. The resolution also calls for the release of all political prisoners, while “firmly condemning all the repressive actions of the Nicaraguan authorities” and calling “for an immediate end to the imposition of restrictive measures, repression and violations of rights human rights “, in addition to demanding that those responsible for the tyranny” be held accountable for the serious violations committed. “

In May of last year the The EU has already decided to sanction two Ortega advisers and four police chiefs for “serious human rights violations.” The approved resolution asks the governments of the member countries to expand the list of people and entities that must be subject to new sanctions, “Including the president and vice president of Nicaragua and their circle of close friends, especially ensuring that the Nicaraguan people are not harmed.” The possibility of suspending the main link of political and economic cooperation of the EU with this country is also mentioned. “In accordance with the Association Agreement between the European Union and Central America – says the resolution – Nicaragua must respect and consolidate the principles of the rule of law, democracy and human rights” for which Parliament “reiterates its call for, Given the current circumstances, the “democratic clause” of the Treaty is activated, which allows suspending the benefits that the dictatorship now enjoys.

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In a plenary debate on the situation in Nicaragua on Tuesday, the High Representative for Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, advanced that “in the coming days we will propose to the Council the possibility of taking restrictive measures in the style of those that have already been taken in the past”, which in principle presupposes that it does not consider it possible for national governments to agree to suspend the Association treaty, which would be an extraordinarily sensible step. For Borrell, sanctions in addition to «Affect citizens as little as possible»Must serve to make« all the political pressure that we are capable of doing, with the means at our disposal and in collaboration with the United States, with the Organization of American States (OAS) and with all countries that share the same concern as us. ».


The extraordinarily long resolution was approved by a very significant majority of 629 votes in favor, 19 against and 40 abstentions. Contrary to other debates about democracy in Latin America, where the extreme left tends to support dictatorships such as Cuba or Venezuela, in this case Ortega and his wife have remained quite isolated.

The document also calls for the “immediate and unconditional” release of “all arbitrarily detained political prisoners,” including those who stood as candidates in the presidential elections scheduled for November 7 and who have been detained for it.

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