They warn that "political prisoners" took over the cells and can rebel in Nicaragua

They warn that "political prisoners" took over the cells and can rebel in Nicaragua

The non-governmental Human Rights Permanent Commission (CPDH) warned on Tuesday that the so-called "political prisoners" who are held in the "La Modelo" prison in Nicaragua have taken some cells, and could rebel at any time against the authorities.

The CPDH made the situation public one day after it was presented to the Vatican nuncio in Nicaragua, Waldemar Stanislaw Sommertag, who acts as "witness and accompanist" in the negotiations between the Government and an extraparliamentary opposition alliance to overcome the sociopolitical crisis.

"I personally took the letter (of the prisoners) in original, in which they said that there is a situation of time, that they are going to explode, they can not stand, they have taken the cells (they occupy), there is a they let the guards go, "CPDH lawyer Julio Montenegro told reporters.

According to the information, the convicts are tired of being mistreated, and of the Government not fulfilling its commitment to release them.

Montenegro was particularly concerned because apparently the so-called "political prisoners", who in "The Model" number in the hundreds, have set a deadline for compliance with their demands.

"They speak of April 19 as the top day, we do not want there to be a situation that impairs physical integrity," said the lawyer.

April 19 is an iconic date in the crisis in Nicaragua, since on that day of 2018 the protests against President Daniel Ortega transcended Managua and multiplied throughout the country.

The CPDH and a group of mothers of "political prisoners" from the city of Masaya turned to the nuncio to settle the situation, due to their role in the negotiations, but "he did not respond," Montenegro said.

The position of the representative of the Vatican is criticized by the self-appointed demonstrators, who see in the nuncio a complacent actor with the "repression" of the Government of Nicaragua, although he has denied it.

Those who have been considered as "political prisoners" have repeatedly denounced that they are victims of physical and psychological torture within the prisons of Nicaragua.

Currently in Nicaragua there are between 779 and 809 "political prisoners", almost double of those recognized by the Government, which identifies them as "terrorists", "coup" or "common criminals".

The Nicaraguan crisis has left 325 dead since April 2018, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), although some groups raise to 568 the fatalities, and the Executive recognizes 199.

The IACHR has held the Government of Nicaragua responsible for crimes against humanity.

The Organization of American States (OAS) is in the process of implementing the Inter-American Democratic Charter, by breaking the constitutional order, which if executed would suspend Nicaragua from the continental body.


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