05/21/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/21/2019 15:39
OAS Permanent Council Adopted Resolution on the Situation in Nicaragua
The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) today approved a resolution on 'the situation in Nicaragua' in which it reiterates 'the concern of the inter-American community for the deterioration of democratic institutions and human rights in Nicaragua and its support for a peaceful solution to the political crisis in that country.'
The resolution was approved with 20 votes in favor (Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, The Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, United States, Guyana, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Saint Lucia, Uruguay and Venezuela), 3 votes against (Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname) and 10 abstentions (Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Dominica, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica and Saint Kitts and Nevis). One country was absent from the vote (Trinidad and Tobago).
The document urges the parties 'to further effective dialogue in good faith,' through the implementation by the Government of the following measures: the 'unconditional release of all prisoners, by June 18th, 2019;' 'allow the effective work of the IACHR and its mechanisms in Nicaragua, including the MESENI;' 'initiate institutional measures necessary to ensure free, fair, transparent, and legitimate elections in accordance with international standards;' 'ensure freedom of expression and the press, allow the exercise of the right to demonstrate peacefully, stop arbitrary detentions;' and 'guarantee the return and safe stay, without reprisals, of all the people who were forced to leave Nicaragua as a result of the current crisis.'
The Chief of Staff of the Secretary General, Gonzalo Koncke, said that 'Nicaragua requires progress in terms of electoral reform, progress is needed to have fair, transparent elections, meeting standards of international observation. There is also a need for the greatest possible promotion and protection of human rights in the country, the release of political prisoners, the full restoration of the freedom of expression, there must be progress in the field of justice and reparation in the country, as well as the guarantees for the return of citizens who were forced to leave the territory. The return of MESENI and the IACHR to work in the country is also fundamental.'