UN Human Rights delegation expelled from Nicaragua

People in Nicaragua protesting against government policies

The UN Security Council on September 5, discussed the situation in Nicaragua, at the request of the United States, despite the opposition of China, Russia, Bolivia and Ethiopia, that do not consider the situation in that country a threat to international peace. “The situation of death, violence, repression, political crisis and social crisis in Nicaragua is a matter of extreme concern in the western hemisphere”, declared the Head of the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OSA) to the Security Council, which, he underlined, monitors the situation in the country on a permanent basis. Gonzalo Koncke noted that since 18 April, 322 people have died in the Central American country, according to data provided by the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights.

The theme was proposed when last weekend, the Nicaraguan government expelled the UN delegation from the country, which the Archbishop of Managua, Cardinal Leopoldo Brenes, publicly criticized. According to a note sent by a Fides source in Nicaragua, Cardinal Brenes described the expulsion of the UN delegation as “sad and deplorable”, which had arrived at the end of June to contribute to a peaceful solution to the socio-political crisis. The statements were made at the end of Mass last Sunday: the Cardinal recalled that when the invitation was made to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNHRC, “the idea was that this would contribute to a good reconciliation and help make progress in the dialogue”. Then he reiterated: “Personally I think it is really sad, but we respect the decisions taken by the government and hope that this will not bring consequences”.

Meanwhile, there is good news that encourages those who follow the troubled life of this country: SIP (Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa) has awarded the “Libertad de Prensa” Award 2018, to independent journalism in Nicaragua. Mgr. Silvio José Báez, Auxiliary Bishop of Managua, in a message through Twitter, commented: “My warmest congratulations to the men and women of the press in our country who, with their noble work, contribute in an exceptional way to the emergence of a just and democratic society”.