May 31, 2023

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Ortega regime deepens repression in Nicaragua: On election days, the number of political prisoners increased

Daniel Ortega (EFE / Yander Zamora / File)

The observatory called Procedure for recognizing political prisoners, Whose data are authorized by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). The number of convicted enemies in Nicaragua has increased to 159.

Including the number of new political prisoners Family members of the four dissidents were allowed to be added to the list, Including the last two arrested Michael Healy And Alvaro Vargas, Chairman and Vice-Chairman respectively High Council of Private Institutions (Gozeb), Nicaragua’s main employer.

As of Sept. 23, the number of political prisoners on the mechanism’s list was 155, ten of whom were in prison prior to the 2018 anti-government protests.

Ten of the 159 prisoners were women, including presidential candidate Christiana Zamoro, Like the former First Lady (1997-2002) who held a prison house Maria Fernanda Flores of Aleman.

A further 111 detainees are being held in different prisons, two in police offices and 34 in the Assistant Directorate of Justice (DAJ)., Which was denounced by human rights organizations as the center of torture of the National Police.

Christiana Zamoro, Arturo Cruz, Felix Maradiga, Juan Sebastian Zamoro and Miguel Mora, some of the imprisoned presidential candidates
Christiana Zamoro, Arturo Cruz, Felix Maradiga, Juan Sebastian Zamoro and Miguel Mora, some of the imprisoned presidential candidates

According to the report, “Political prisoners are subjected to constant interrogation, threats, isolation, mistreatment and torture (which) cause stress, anxiety, insomnia and other factors that pose a serious risk to their health and physical integrity.”.

He added that they were suffering.In solitary confinement, harassment, malnutrition, medical negligence, and gender-based violence against female prisoners and family members, especially in thorough searches (…) they are subject to nudity, squatting, and unwanted touching.”.

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25% of offenders aged 50 or over are in a bad situation because of them. “Specialized medical care, access to appropriate bathrooms, their calorie intake, special diets, sunny patio and places where they can exerciseThe report highlighted.

In total, Of those arrested, 102 have been convicted, 45 are on trial and two have been detained without legal action against them., He reflected.

Mechanism responsible for 46 arrests in 2021 “Increasing the repression of the electoral environment”.

Nicaragua will hold elections on November 7, with President Daniel Ortega, who already ruled from 1979 to 1990 and returned to power in 2007, waiting for a fourth consecutive term and a third consecutive term with his wife. , Rosario Murillo, Vice President.

The mechanism warned that the number of political prisoners would not be accurate because the ruler did not release official data on prisoners or grant them access.

(With information from EFE)

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