The Organization of American States (OAS) has convened for tomorrow an extraordinary session of its Permanent Council to assess the situation in Nicaragua after the departure of some agencies of supervision that depended on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH).
The meeting was requested by the missions in the OAS of seven countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Peru and the United States, as it appears in the document of the call.
The session will begin at 10 a.m. (ET) and its objective will be “consideration of the situation in Nicaragua”, as well as the presentation to the Permanent Council of the report prepared by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) of the IACHR.
That report was presented last week in Washington and in it, the GIEI noted that there is evidence to argue that the Government of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has committed crimes against humanity.
Diplomatic sources explained to Efe that the vice president of the IACHR, Esmeralda Arosemena de Troitiño, will be in charge of presenting the report; while the executive secretary of the Commission, Paulo Abrão, will detail the situation in Nicaragua after the departure of that country from international organizations.
On December 19, the Government of Nicaragua concluded the presence in the country of the representatives of the Special Follow-up Mechanism for Nicaragua (Meseni), which monitored the situation of human rights and the GIEI, which aimed to help the judicial investigations, which supposed in fact his exit of this organism.
In the morning session, the member states of the OAS will be able to position themselves on the departure of Managua from the mechanisms of the IACHR, as well as on the report prepared by the experts.
Nicaragua is immersed in a crisis since the outbreak on April 18 of protests seeking the resignation of Ortega.
The crisis has left 325 dead since April, according to the IACHR, although some groups raise the figure to 545 fatalities, while the Executive only recognizes 199 and denounces an attempted coup.
Local humanitarian agencies also have up to 674 “political prisoners”, while Ortega’s government registers 340 prisoners who it considers terrorists, coup-plotters or common criminals.