United States rejects general amnesty in Nicaragua

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United States rejects general amnesty in Nicaragua Nicaraguans living in Miami, Florida (USA), march on November 15, 2008, against the government of President Daniel Ortega. EFE / Archive

 Washington, .- The Government showed Wednesday its “categorical rejection” to the general amnesty approved this past weekend in Nicaragua and called for the release “without conditions” of all detainees in the anti-government protests of 2018.

“The United States categorically rejects the so-called ‘general amnesty’ that would absolve those involved in abuses and human rights violations,” the State Department said in a statement.

The government of Daniel Ortega released on Tuesday under the amnesty to 56 people considered by the opposition as “political prisoners”, including the top leaders of the 2018 protests, who were in prison “for crimes against common security and public tranquility” .

For the United States, however, “dozens are still in prison, and the Government of Nicaragua has imposed conditions for their release.”
“We reiterate our call for an unconditional release of all detainees arbitrarily in Nicaragua,” he added.

USA He said that “despite the recent acts of the Government of Nicaragua and the Parliament,” he will continue to “hold those responsible responsible for extrajudicial executions, human rights abuses and repression.”

“Instead of an amnesty for human rights violators, we ask that the Nicaraguan forces (of the order) be held responsible for their crimes,” the US added.

The Nicaraguan Parliament, with an official majority, last Saturday approved as a matter of urgency this law that grants “wide amnesty to all the people who have participated in the events that occurred throughout the national territory from April 18, 2018 to date. “

The Nicaraguan opposition has rejected this initiative because it considers that it does not offer justice to its victims and because it thinks it would seek to exculpate the forces of order and groups of armed pro-government civilians from their actions.

In April 2018, a socio-political crisis broke out in Nicaragua that, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), left 325 dead, a figure that some local organizations raise to 594, but which according to the Government is 199. (EFEUSA)

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