The Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo, urged on Tuesday the president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, to cease the repression and violation of human rights, and stressed the need to organize free and fair elections in that country.
“There are very few authoritarian regimes left in the region and Nicaragua is one of them. The United States urges the Ortega regime to cease repression, restore basic civil liberties and support free and fair elections,” Pompeo told a conference. Press conference after meeting with the president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado.
Pompeo, who makes a quick visit to Costa Rica on Tuesday as part of a tour, said the United States is putting pressure on the Government of Ortega and recalled that last year it established sanctions for senior officials and family members.
He also said that the United States is providing humanitarian assistance to Nicaraguans and Venezuelans who have fled their countries because of repression and human rights violations.
Pompeo highlighted the help that Costa Rica has given to the thousands of Nicaraguans who have fled their country since 2018 in the wake of the socio-political crisis that is going on and said that the United States has provided $ 13 million in cooperation to Costa Rica since 2017 to serve vulnerable populations.
The US Secretary of State said that his Government will continue to promote, together with friendly countries, diplomatic solutions to the crisis in Nicaragua.
“You cannot allow the Nicaraguan regime to continue violating human rights,” he said.
For his part, the president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, said he reaffirmed with Pompeo the commitments to democratic values and institutions, as well as the need for democracy to return to Venezuela and Nicaragua.
“Both in the case of Nicaragua and Venezuela, we have shown the commitment to sponsor democratic solutions in those countries, which do not enjoy a democratic regime, but are oppressive regimes that harm their citizens,” Alvarado said. .
Since April 2018 Nicaragua is going through a socio-political crisis that has left between 328 and 651 dead, following protests against the Government of Ortega.
Since the beginning of the crisis in Nicaragua Costa Rica has received at least 50,000 Nicaraguans who fled into exile and has repeatedly advocated in international forums for help to address the situation.
Both the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Acnudh) have blamed the Government for the violence, in which hundreds have gone to jail or disappeared, thousands have been injured , and tens of thousands have gone into exile.
Ortega, who recognizes 200 dead, says he defends himself from a “failed coup d’etat.”
This is the worst sociopolitical crisis in Nicaragua from the 1980s to 1990, the first era and Ortega as president.