The decision of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo to withdraw Nicaragua from the Charter of the Organization of American States (OAS), which took effect this Sunday, shows their desperation to avoid any effort by the regional entity to keep them responsible for “horrible things” and abuses” they committed against human rights, the United States said.
“Their abuses include the arbitrary detention, conviction, and abuse of political prisoners, including Bishop Rolando Álvarez; attacks on independent journalists; and pressure on hundreds of civil society organizations and educational institutions to close or hand over their operations to the state,” said the spokesperson for the US State Department, Matthew Miller.
These violations by the Nicaraguan regime of the basic rights of its citizens are an affront to the commitment of the Western Hemisphere to democracy, emphasized the spokesperson of the US Foreign Ministry.
Miller recalled that, despite Ortega and Murillo’s criticism of the OAS Charter, “Nicaragua remains subject to human rights and governance obligations” contained in other treaties and instruments in force, including the American Convention on Human Rights.
At the beginning of November, the OAS Permanent Council approved the resolution “Measures resulting from the criticism of the Charter of the Organization of American States by the Republic of Nicaragua”, emphasizing that the Central American country is not exempt from other obligations. legal obligations corresponding to it, due to the ratification of other inter-American conventions.
“The United States, working with our OAS collaborators, continues to review all available and appropriate tools to hold Ortega, Murillo, and their representatives accountable for their actions,” said the senior US diplomat.
Miller said the United States reiterated its call to the Nicaraguan authorities to fulfill their obligations and follow the recommendations of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
He also recalled that the OAS is the most important multilateral organization in the Western Hemisphere, with a long history of supporting democratic development in all countries on the continent.
This Sunday, two years after it was announced in November 2021 that Nicaragua would stop being part of all the mechanisms of the organization, Nicaragua officially left the OAS.
“The United States reiterates our support for the people of Nicaragua and their pursuit of fundamental freedoms, human rights, and democracy,” Miller concluded.