The Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights (ANPDH) denounced on Monday that the Government of Nicaragua is committing a “viral genocide” with the lack of measures in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, a situation in which the organization requested the intervention of the Organization World Health (WHO).
The ANPDH executive secretary, Álvaro Leiva, who lives in asylum in Costa Rica, told Efe that the government of President Daniel Ortega and his partner Rosario Murillo, “are acting irresponsibly and negligently” by not taking preventive measures in the face of the pandemic .
“In Nicaragua what has happened today is a viral genocide. We frame it within the fraud and bad intention of the Ortega Murillo regime where all the acts point to the development of massive contagion of the defenseless population,” said Leiva.
The activist said that the ANPDH has already filed a complaint with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and has also requested the intervention of the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
“We want to publicly summon WHO and PAHO so that these organizations give a satisfactory explanation for their indifference and silence in the face of the alarming situation of lack of protection experienced by the Nicaraguan people,” said Leiva.
The human rights defender assured that these organizations should put pressure on the Ortega government to provide the “real data on the crisis.”
The Citizen Observatory, which independently locates cases of COVID-19 not recognized by the Nicaraguan authorities, registers 233 deaths and 1,270 suspected cases.
The Nicaraguan government recognizes only 25 infections and eight deaths, since the pandemic officially entered the country in mid-March.
The Executive has been criticized by various sectors for promoting numerous massive events and agglomerations against the current recommendations of the WHO, and for not establishing restrictions or suspending classes in the midst of the pandemic.
Leiva assured that at this point “the level of contamination that the Nicaraguan people have entered its highest phase” and that it is impossible to carry out precise control of the sick and dead.
“We launched an S.O.S. to the international community and international organizations to put their eyes on Nicaragua before the ineffectiveness of the regime,” he said.
Leiva affirmed that the Ortega Government is exercising “criminal conduct of a dictatorial regime that has very serious consequences for the other countries of Central America, especially Costa Rica.”
Last week, the Costa Rican Congress sent a letter to PAHO to make an evaluation of the situation of the pandemic in Nicaragua, a text that the Nicaraguan Legislative, dominated by Sandinismo related to Ortega, rejected with a series of insults.
This Monday a group of Nicaraguans demonstrated outside the Costa Rican Congress to support the management of the deputies before PAHO and to denounce the lack of measures in Nicaragua.
Costa Rica reports as of Monday 866 accumulated cases of COVID-19, of which 575 have already been recovered, 281 are active and 10 people have died.