Communist Nicaragua Signs Security Agreement with Russia to Bolster Repression

Nicaragua’s brutal socialist dictator Daniel Ortega hosted a meeting on Wednesday with General Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the Russian Security Council, and several other senior Russian security officials.

Nicaragua signed several security agreements with Russia during the session to strengthen President Ortega’s repressive apparatus, but the United Nations condemned human rights abuses in a damning report on Thursday.

Mr. Ortega presents himself as a “commander” in the administration’s propaganda releases, but charged The “special” meeting with Patrushev was held as a meeting of a “task force” made up of other repressive Latin American regimes, including Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia.

Ortega said participating authoritarian states look forward to advice and training from Russian police and intelligence services, as well as economic support from Russia.

Nicaraguan opposition news website Artículo 66 — This is named There is a clause in Nicaragua’s constitution that guarantees freedom of speech, and Ortega’s henchmen are relentlessly pursuing him for exercising that right. feared Mr. Ortega and his “Sandinista repression force” will gain new resources to “improve repression methods in Russia” and keep political opponents under surveillance.

Article 66 says that the agreement signed on Wednesday includes a “cooperation protocol” between the Nicaraguan police and the Russian Interior Ministry, according to Ortega’s son and investment adviser Laureano Ortega Murillo. He said the agreement would last until at least 2026 and provided for cooperation in “retraining.” To improve the professional abilities of human resources in the field of police activities. ”

In another agreement described by Murillo, the Russian Interior Ministry pledged to help the Nicaraguan side develop “legal regulations for the activities of non-profit organizations.”

United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) received Nicaragua’s panel of experts released a report Thursday accusing Ortega, his wife Rosario Murillo, and their leaders of repression “amounting to crimes against humanity.”

“Violations, abuses and crimes are carried out not only to dismantle active opposition efforts, but also to exclude critical voices and, in the long run, to deter new organizing and social mobilization efforts. ”, the report states.

UNHRC’s Nicaragua group has been monitoring human rights abuses by Ortega’s government since 2018, when his forces killed at least 300 anti-government protesters and forced more than 100,000 into exile.

Mr. Ortega has been in power since 2007 and has maintained his power by shutting down thousands of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and religious groups he deemed a threat, including the Red Cross and the Boy Scouts.

“Violations, abuses and crimes are carried out not only to dismantle active opposition efforts, but also to exclude critical voices and, in the long run, to deter new organizing and social mobilization efforts. ”, the UN report said.

“President Ortega, Vice President Murillo, and other senior state officials identified in the investigation must be held accountable by the international community, and Nicaragua as a nation that pursues its own citizens, targeting university students, indigenous peoples, and people of African descent, must be held accountable. Similarly, Africans, campesinos, members of the Catholic Church and other Christian denominations.” Said Jan Simon, Chair of the United Nations Group of Experts.

“Nicaragua is mired in a spiral of violence characterized by the persecution, real or perceived, of all forms of political opposition, both domestic and foreign. Moreover, the government is in a spiral of silence that neutralizes potential opposition. It solidified,” Simon said.

“The impact on Nicaragua’s population has been devastating. It will take significant time and resources for the Nicaraguan people and the international community to recover all that was lost under the rule of President Ortega and Vice President Murillo,” Simon said. added.

The expert group said Nicaraguans living abroad face “deprivation of nationality and legal status, lack of access to official documents and consular assistance,” as well as “preventing family reunification and having far-reaching implications for income conditions.” Ortega’s repression extends beyond Nicaragua’s borders, as “violations” must be fought. life. “

Ortega’s victims include children, who are often “separated from their parents who have been deported or banned from entering Nicaragua,” the group’s report said.

“The government has made sure to stay in an increasingly tight bubble in order to perpetuate its power and annihilate anyone who tries to break it,” said group member Ariela Peralta.

The UNHCR Committee had little hope for justice from within Nicaragua, noting that:amnesty lawIn 2019, Mr. Ortega stormed Congress in less than 24 hours to quash all human rights charges against enforcement officers after a massacre of protesters.

The commission formally called on the Nicaraguan government to release all political prisoners and investigate allegations of abuse, and called on the international community to “take immediate action and expand sanctions against individuals and entities involved in human rights abuses.” I requested that.



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