June 18, 2021

Ortega is demanded to release "political prisoners" no later than April 19

Ortega is demanded to release "political prisoners" no later than April 19

The so-called Union of Political Prisoners and Prisoners of Nicaragua (UPPN) on Wednesday demanded that the Nicaraguan government release all detainees by April 19 to protest against President Daniel Ortega.

In a statement, the UPPN set April 19 as the maximum date for the "absolute release of all political prisoners" that are on the lists of the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and from the non-governmental Permanent Human Rights Commission (CPDH), which ranges between 647 and 779.

That group, made up of ex-prisoners and relatives of the detainees, demanded the release of even those who are being held in "clandestine prisons in which the government has kidnapped the disappeared", without providing further details.

"If we do not do so, we urge all Nicaraguans to join us without fear of how we did it and the political prisoners, despite the danger of death, to carry out demonstrations of repudiation against tyranny," he argued.

In this scenario, the UPPN suggested using the most varied versions of protest, "and to stand outside the torture and kidnapping establishments indefinitely until the last of the confined fighting brothers comes out."

The opposition Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy, which is the counterpart of the Government at the negotiating table with which they hope to overcome the crisis that erupted almost a year ago, urged him to take a firmer and belligerent stance and not continue negotiating no more points, until all the demonstrators are released.

They also urged the Government and the Civic Alliance "not to continue playing with the pain, nor with the tolerance of the people" and to resort to "false legal legalities" to delay the release of the detainees.

For this Wednesday, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is expected to present a reconciled list of so-called "political prisoners" who must be released by June 20 next.

The negotiation table maintained by the Government with the Civic Alliance invited the ICRC two weeks ago to support the release of the demonstrators.

The General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Apostolic Nuncio in Nicaragua, Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag, will be the guarantors of the release of the protesters arrested for protesting against the Government, as agreed by the parties.

Nicaragua is immersed in a crisis as a result of the street protests that broke out on April 18, 2018 due to an unpopular social security reform.

The demonstrations demand the resignation of President Ortega after almost 12 years in power consecutively.

This situation has caused 325 deaths and hundreds of prisoners, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, although some local humanitarian agencies raise to 561 the fatalities, in addition to violent acts and attacks also on the bishops of the country.

The Executive only recognizes 199 deaths and denounces an alleged coup attempt.


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