The US government is confident that a “forceful resolution” condemning human rights violations in Nicaragua will be approved during the 53rd General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, he assured the voice of america Francisco Mora, US ambassador to the agency.
Faced with complaints from Nicaraguan opponents and civil society organizations about an alleged attempt by the Brazilian government to make changes to the resolution and modify its tone, the US ambassador assured that “it will not be softened.”
The changes that Brazil is promoting moderate the language and emphasize respect for the sovereignty of the State of Nicaragua, according to critics.
“At the end of the day, we are all going to accept the resolution as written. There may be some structural changes but nothing of the message. That is not going to change and I am confident that it will be approved,” Mora said.
The US delegation participated in the drafting of the draft, which was published by the former Managua ambassador to the OAS, Arturo McFields, and which urges the government of Daniel Ortega to refrain from repressing leaders of the Catholic Church, as well as from depriving the nationality to opponents, and follow the recommendations of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Mora said.
We support 100 percent [esta resolución]. It is a forceful one that updates what has happened in Nicaragua since the last time the General Assembly pronounced, but it also pronounces itself and reiterates its condemnation of the dictatorship,” he added.
The condemnatory resolution on Nicaragua would be scheduled to be discussed on Friday, the last day of the General Assembly, during the fourth plenary session.
During the first day of the event, in a dialogue with civil society organizations, the deputy undersecretary in the Office of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor of the US Department of State, Enrique Roig, assured that the US is “deeply committed” to the promotion of human rights, pointing out as “worrying what is happening in countries like Venezuela and Nicaragua”.
The Nicaraguan government announced in November 2021 its departure from the OAS and its intention to stop being part of all the organization’s mechanisms.
Yader Parajón, a former Nicaraguan political prisoner, came to the General Assembly to demonstrate the “serious human rights crisis in Nicaragua” despite the lack of official representation, he said.
“The importance of our presence is that we as Nicaraguans have all the power to represent our identity, our effort, and our rights. Although the Nicaraguan delegation is not there, we are present to say that we continue to resist,” he added.