Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora
U.S – The United States government announced on Monday 13 of June the restriction of 93 visas for Nicaraguan officials, between judges, Forum “Analysis, members of the National Assembly and officials of the Ministry of the Interior, Secretary of State Antony Blinken reported in a statement.
Blinken said that those sanctioned are believed to have “undermined democracy after the illegitimate re-election of Daniel Ortega in November 2021.”. He questioned judges and government prosecutors to argue the sanctions, while that of legislators and government officials attributed them to the persecution of civil society organizations.
“The judges and prosecutors aligned with the Regime share the complicity in the efforts of the Ortega Murillo Regime to undermine democracy through their participation in the trials and convictions of opposition leaders., human rights defenders, private sector leaders and student advocates”, Blinken explained.
The head of US diplomacy recalled that prisoners of conscience suffer from lack of adequate food, medical care and even sunlight. He recalled the death of one -retired General Hugo Torres- and the situation of isolation in which the authorities keep the rest, for which they demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the inmates.
“Los presos políticos detenidos bajo arresto domiciliario también sufren abusos y no pueden elegir sus propios proveedores de atención médica ni recibir visitas. Los corruptos sistemas judiciales y de seguridad del régimen arrestaron y enjuiciaron a estos líderes cívicos y defensores de los derechos humanos por decir la verdad, practicar un periodismo valiente, defender a sus comunidades a través del trabajo de las ONG y abogar públicamente por alternativas al gobierno represivo del régimen”, afirmó Blinken.
The U.S. stands strong against the Ortega-Murillo regime’s human rights abuses and repression of and disregard for the Nicaraguan people. To reiterate our commitment @StateDept imposed additional visa restrictions on those who have undermined democracy in Nicaragua.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) June 13, 2022