Nicaragua Calls OAS Report Biased, ‘Fake News’

Mexico, the United States, Costa Rica, Chile, Canada, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador and Paraguay called on the Government of Nicaragua to put an end to the repression against peaceful protests

Mexico, the United States, Costa Rica, Chile, Canada, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador and Paraguay called on the Government of Nicaragua to put an end to the repression against peaceful protests

Nicaragua’s foreign minister said on Friday that a report by the OAS Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) about deadly political crisis in the country was slanted against the government.

A demonstrator fires a homemade weapon as clashes between anti-government protesters and police continue in Masaya, Nicaragua, June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera

“Nicaragua completely rejects the IACHR report as it is subjective, prejudiced and entirely biased,” Denis Moncada said during a meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS) Permanent Council in Washington.

- payin the bills -

Moncada added the “report deliberately omits all the armed attacks, sieges, harassment and kidnappings” by protesters.

He challenged one of the most critical conclusions of the report regarding the existence of an “organized” violence against protesters involving the police, anti-riot squads, alleged paramilitary groups and pro-government vigilantes.

“We reiterate that the repression of social movements and the arbitrary use of force are not state policies,” the foreign minister said.

Moncada said that the report is part of a series of efforts to spur a “coup d’etat” in Nicaragua and force President Daniel Ortega to step down.

- paying the bills -

Addressing the Organization of American States (OAS), Moncada said: “The report analyzes the social protests that occurred April 18, which did not result in any deaths.

“However, the media, manipulating information, published fake news about the death of a university student in the Central American University, which never happened. This information served as a detonator for the events that occurred from April 19 onward.

“Groups interested in the destabilization and rupture of the country’s constitutional order, oblivious to any social claim, fueled riots from that day on, which became ravages, fires and looting.

“The Nicaraguan state expresses categorically its position regarding the events that the ICHR analyzes, which are not within the framework of social protests, rather… an attempt at constitutional and institutional rupture to change… the legitimately elected government.”

Moncada went on to say that contrary to claims the protests were peaceful, from April 19 onward protesters began to use violent force, which resulted in numerous deaths.

- paying the bills --

The 97-page report, which was presented on Friday, summarizes the findings of a commission delegation that visited Nicaragua from May 17-21.

The report holds Ortega’s government responsible for serious human rights violations.

By June 19, according to the OAS report, 212 people have been killed and 1,337 have been injured during anti-government protests.

The unrest dates from April 18, when violent protests began against a controversial plan to overhaul the pension system.

Though the government abandoned the plan, protests continued and opponents began demanding the resignation of Ortega, now in the 11th year of his current tenure as president.

He previously governed the Central American nation from 1979-1990 after leading the Sandinista revolution that overthrew US-backed autocrat Anastasio Somoza.

Ortega, 72, was re-elected in 2016 with more than 70% of the vote.

Related Articles

Howard Hughes: billionaire in Managua

(TODAY NICARAGUA) When Howard Hughes entered through the main door of...

Citizens’ Observatory: 2,537 Deaths Associated with Covid-19 in Nicaragua

The Citizens’ COVID-19 Observatory raised its independent registry of the pandemic...

MOST READ

Rosario Murillo: La Heredera (The Heiress)

Rosarion Murillo, the "eternally loyal" to her husband and political partner, Daniel Ortega. In a profile by Confidencial in October 2016, before her election as...

Better Air Connectivity Between Nicaragua and the US

The private companies' association is in talks with United Airlines to promote the opening of a route that connects Nicaragua with the east coast...

Nicaragua Unveils Central America’s Largest Baseball Stadium

Nicaragua has unveiled its long-awaited baseball stadium in Managua, replacing the former baseball field built in 1948. The new structure will hold up to...

Bianca Jagger Gets Into The Nicaragua Act Again

(American Thinker)  Remember Bianca Jagger? You know, the disco queen and former rock-star's wife turned leftwing "human rights activist" who was last seen mourning...

What Are Some of Nicaragua’s Popular Food?

TODAY NICARAGUA - Nicaragua is an interesting place, with a tumultuous history and a relatively peaceful present. and even if many things can be...

Nicaragua Praised by the IMF

The IMF noted the positive evolution of all the country's economic indicators, and the drastic fall in poverty, with an increase of 33% in...

Poll Shows Declining Expectations on a Nicaraguan Canal

According to the results of the most recent survey conducted by Cid Gallup, the Nicaraguan interoceanic canal project, a concession given to the Chinese...

Let's Keep This Going!

To be updated with all the latest news and information about Nicaragua and Latin America.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.