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Costa Rica Reacts To The Imprisonment of Lucia Piñeda

OAS States call for the crisis in Nicaragua to be addressed

Costa Rica is not taking lightly the imprisonment of dual citizen – Costa Rican and Nicaraguan – journalist Lucia Piñeda, arrested on Friday for allegedly instigation of terrorist acts and inciting hatred.

The dual citizen Lucia Piñeda continued being held in Nicaragua’s infamous El Chipote prison accused of inciting terrorism and hatred. She will to trial on January 25

Piñeda continues in the infamous El Chipote prison, denied visits from her family, as well they providing her a foam mattress and blanket, unless they get a court order. The Costa Rican consul has also been denied visiting the journalist.

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Her family is clear: “she is a victim of political persecution orchestrated from the highest levels of government”.

According to a statement by the Ministerio Público de Nicaragua (Prosecutor’s Office), the “incitement to hatred and terrorist acts” was aimed at “attacking” the National Police and the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN).

OAS States call for the crisis in Nicaragua to be addressed

Today (Thursday), Costa Rica is before the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) meeting being held in Washington, as the government of Costa Rica raises its voice to denounce the repeated escalation of abuses against human rights and freedoms in Nicaragua before the Permanent Council of the OAS.

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The call to the meeting was made after experts from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) – whose members were expelled from Nicaragua on December 19 – presented its report on Friday, hours before the national police raided the offices of 100% Noticias of which Piñeda was press director.

Also arrested on Friday were 100% Noticias owner and director, Miguel Mora, who still remains in custody, as well as Mora’s wife, Veronica Chavez, who was released hours after her arrest. 100% Noticias reporters Jackson Orozco and Jaime Arellano remain at large. A warrant for their arrest was issued.

Costa Rica currently chairs the Permanent Council of the OAS, at the request of the missions of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and the United States.

“Unfortunately this takes us into a Christmas break and that is why an extraordinary session is called, but the idea is that the States can listen to the situation and from here they can manifest their position and take steps towards possible subsequent actions. Those actions will be what will have to be negotiated,” affirmed Costa Rica’s ambassador to the OAS, Montserrat Solano.

According to QCostarica, in addition, the ambassador emphasized that the position of Costa Rica is in the line of repudiation and deplorability before the multiple complaints of violation of human rights in Nicaragua.

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