Biden extended the emergency decree that declares Nicaragua a threat to US security

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Washington's decision stems from the violent response to the protests that began in April 2018, the continued systematic dismantling and weakening of democratic institutions and the rule of law, the use of indiscriminate violence and repressive tactics against civilians

Biden extended the emergency decree that declares Nicaragua as a threat to US security

Biden extended the emergency decree that declares Nicaragua a threat to US security. (REUTERS)

US President Joe Biden extended the national emergency decree on the situation in Nicaragua because he believes that represents “an unusual threat” to the security of the United States, in a letter sent this Thursday to Congress.

The situation in Nicaragua, under the regime of Daniel Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo, “continues to represent an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States,” says Biden.

The president cites “the violent response” to the protests that began in April 2018, “the continued systematic dismantling and weakening of democratic institutions< /b> and the rule of law”, the “use of indiscriminate violence and repressive tactics against civilians” and corruption “which leads to the destabilization of the economy”.

For this reason Biden decided that the national emergency declared in 2018 regarding the situation in Nicaragua must remain in force beyond next November 27.

More than 200 opponentss have been imprisoned in Nicaragua since the 2018 demonstrations, which the Ortega dictatorship linked to an alleged failed coup promoted by Washington.

Biden extended the emergency decree that declares Nicaragua a threat to US security

More than 200 opponents have been imprisoned in Nicaragua since the demonstrations in 2018, which the Ortega dictatorship linked to an alleged failed coup promoted by Washington.

The relationship between the United States and Ortega, a former guerrilla in power since 2007, has been especially tense since the Nicaraguan elections of 2021, considered fraudulent by the international community. and that were held with the president's rivals in prison or in exile.

Washington has sanctioned dozens of officials and people from Ortega's environment and even the Nicaraguan gold industry, for being an “important piece” that finances the regime.

Ortega estimates for his part that the sanctions that Washington has imposed on his country have caused “waves of immigrants” to the United States.

At the beginning of October, the main person in charge of the US Department of State for Latin America, Brian Nichols, said that his country continues to be outraged by the “disregard” of Human Rights by the regime of Daniel Ortega.

We continue to be outraged by the Ortega regime's contempt for the rights of its people”, said the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, in a message sent to journalists by the press office of the US Embassy in Nicaragua.

Biden extended the emergency decree that declares Nicaragua a threat to US security

The main person in charge of the US State Department to Latin America, Brian Nichols, said that his country continues to be outraged by the “contempt” for Human Rights by Daniel Ortega's regime. (REUTERS)

Nichols highlighted that at the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), held in Lima, the US government “se joined an overwhelming majority of members in a resolution condemning the ongoing human rights abuses in Nicaragua”.

By then, the OAS asked the dictatorship of Ortega to “cease all violent action” against the population of his country and to “fully restore civic and political rights, the religious liberties and the rule of law” in its territory.

Those terms were included in a “Resolution on the political and human rights crisis in Nicaragua,” which was approved by acclamation before the close of the LII General Assembly of the OAS, held in Peru.

Biden extended the emergency decree that declares Nicaragua a threat to US security

The OAS called on the Ortega dictatorship to “cease all violent action” against the population of his country and to “fully restore civic and political rights, religious freedoms, and the rule of law” in its territory. (REUTERS)

The resolution also called for an “end to intimidation and judicial, administrative and other harassment against journalists , especially women, “and against the media and non-governmental organizations.”

He also demanded that the Ortega regime “guarantee the physical, mental and moral integrity, freedom and the right to life of all those who have been arbitrarily detained”, and to release “immediately all political prisoners, in compliance with the decisions and recommendations of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.”

(With information from AFP and EFE)

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