At the UN declared himself this Thursday “alarmed” by the withdrawal of the nationality of dozens of people critical of the regime Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua, demanded that his fundamental rights be respected and declared that he willing to help with exclusion status.
UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric expressed the Secretary General’s “alarm”, Antonio Guterresbecause of the “decision of the government of Nicaragua to deprive 94 people of their political and civil rights” on Wednesday, as it did with the 222 political prisoners released and deported last week.
The 94 Nicaraguans – human rights defenders, priests, ecologists, Sandinista dissidents, students, businessmen and traders, among others – were also deprived of the right of ownershipaccused of crimes against the government and declared fugitives from justice.
The UN asserted the right to nationality contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and said that “no one should be deprived of it arbitrarily”, in addition to condemning the “persecutions or reprisals against human rights defenders or critics” of the government.
Last week, 317 Nicaraguans were stripped of their nationalityincluding Bishop Rolando Álvarez, sentenced to more than 26 years in prison after refusing to be exiled by the government of President Daniel Ortega as well as 222 political prisoners released and deported to the United States on February 9.
Asked whether the UN has been in contact with countries open to offering citizenship to those affected, as Spain did with the 222 Nicaraguans deported earlier this month, the spokesman said he had no trace but assured that the organization was ready to “dialogue”. , if useful”, concerning its status.
The principal official of the United States Department of State for Latin America, Brian Nicholscondemned this Wednesday the withdrawal of the nationality of 94 other Nicaraguans, among them the writers Sergio Ramirez there Mona Lisa Bellias well as the Auxiliary Bishop of Managua, Silvio Baez.
“We condemn the actions of the Nicaraguan government today to revoke the nationality of 94 other Nicaraguan citizens,” the assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere Affairs said in a message. In the message, sent to reporters by the press office of the United States Embassy in Nicaragua, Nichols warned that “This deplorable act further alienates Nicaraguans from the democracy they deserve.
For its part, the European Union He demanded on Thursday that the Ortega regime reverse the “unjustifiable” decision to withdraw the nationality of these dissidents.
In a press release, European diplomacy stresses that this decision “constitutes a violation of their fundamental rights and is a violation of international law“and after crossing out”unjustifiableThis step warns that these actions run the risk of “deepening Nicaragua’s international isolation”.
“The EU calls on the Nicaraguan authorities to immediately reverse these measures and stop the persecution and reprisals against dissidents and human rights defenders,” the statement insisted.
(With information from EFE)