The Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) party of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega gained full control of the governments of the South and North of the autonomous regions of the Caribbean Coast. The result was obtained after the Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) announced its victory with 89.86% of the votes, in the first preliminary report after the regional elections that were held on Sunday (3).

In these elections, 45 members of the Regional Councils in the North and another 45 in the South of this Caribbean region of Nicaragua were chosen. The country’s electoral authorities indicate a participation of 48.30% of total voters in this election.

Repudiation of UN report

Nicaragua repudiated, last Thursday (29), as “unreal and irrational”, the report by experts from the United Nations (UN) that warned of an “exponential increase” in human rights violations in the country and called for the strengthening of international sanctions against Managua.

“We do not accept these self-proclaimed human rights experts who, through their unilateral and biased reports, issue unrealistic and irrational criteria about the reality of the Nicaraguan people,” said Nicaragua’s attorney general, Wendy Morales, according to the official portal The 19th Digital. “Any update, report or statement lacks a minimum of credibility”, added the State’s legal representative.

In the report, the UN group of experts accused the Nicaraguan government of exponentially increasing human rights violations in 2023 and states that President Daniel Ortega’s government commits “abuses and crimes” to “eliminate all critical voices and dissuade, the long term, any new organization and social mobilization initiative”.

The UN group states that “the situation worsened” in 2023 due to the “consolidation and centralization of all State powers and institutions”, especially the Judiciary, in the hands of Ortega and his wife and vice-president, Rosario Murillo.

Created in 2022 by the UN Human Rights Council, the special group has a mandate to investigate the situation in Nicaragua since April 2018, when protests broke out against the Ortega government, whose repression left 355 dead and hundreds detained.

Editing: Rodrigo Durão Coelho


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