The U.S. Treasury Division slapped sanctions on extra Nicaraguan officers Monday, the day President Daniel Ortega was being sworn in following extremely questionable elections.
The Treasury Division introduced it would freeze the U.S. property of the protection minister and 5 different officers within the military, telecom and mining sectors. As with dozens of Nicaraguan officers already underneath sanctions, U.S. residents will probably be prohibited from having dealings with them.
“Since April 2018, the Ortega-Murillo regime has cracked down on political opposition and public demonstrations, resulting in greater than 300 deaths, 2,000 accidents, and the imprisonment of tons of of political and civil society actors,” in line with a Treasury Division assertion. “Greater than 100,000 Nicaraguans have since fled the nation.”
The State Division mentioned Nicaragua “continues to carry 170 political prisoners, with lots of these detained affected by an absence of enough meals and correct medical care.”
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The State Division can also be imposing visa restrictions on 116 people linked to the Ortega regime, “together with mayors, prosecutors, college directors, in addition to police, jail, and army officers.”
“Ortega’s corrupt safety and judicial system arrested these people for practising unbiased journalism, working for civil society organizations, searching for to compete in elections, and publicly expressing an opinion opposite to authorities orthodoxy, amongst different actions thought of regular in a free society,” the State Division wrote.
“President Ortega will inaugurate himself for a brand new presidential time period at present, however the pre-determined election he staged on November 7 doesn’t present him with a brand new democratic mandate,” in line with the assertion. “Solely free and truthful elections can try this.”
Ortega was elected to a fourth consecutive time period in Nov. 7 elections that have been broadly criticized as a farce after seven possible challengers to Ortega have been arrested and jailed within the months previous to the vote. His inauguration ceremony was held later Monday.
“We’re going to proceed preventing to defend the individuals so that they have well being care, training and housing,” the previous Sandinista commander mentioned within the capital’s Revolution Plaza stuffed with the waving flags of his get together.
Ortega additionally referred to as for the lifting of sanctions towards Venezuela and Cuba — each of whose leaders attended his swearing-in — and mentioned U.S. President Joe Biden “has greater than 700 political prisoners,” in reference to these jailed in relation to the storming of the U.S. capitol a 12 months in the past.
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With all authorities establishments firmly inside Ortega’s grasp and the opposition exiled, jailed or in hiding, the 75-year-old chief has eroded what hope remained the nation might quickly return to a democratic path. As a substitute, he appeared poised to check the worldwide group’s resolve and proceed thumbing his nostril at their focused sanctions and statements of disapproval.
The Ortega regime has been hit by rounds of condemnation and sanctions because the vote.
On Monday, Canada’s International Relations Minister Mélanie Joly mentioned in an announcement that the elections “lacked democratic legitimacy as does the inauguration going down at present.”
“Canada repeats its name for the Ortega regime to reverse its harmful course and search a peaceable and democratic decision to the continuing disaster,” she mentioned.
Joly additionally hinted at additional sanctions in step with these introduced by the U.S., saying Canada will “proceed to make use of all our diplomatic instruments to carry this oppressive regime and its enablers to account.”
Nicaragua’s authorities introduced in November it would withdraw from the Group of American States, after the regional physique accused Ortega’s authorities of acts of repression and rigging the election.
The OAS Normal Meeting voted to sentence the elections, saying they “weren’t free, truthful or clear, and lack democratic legitimacy.”
Twenty-five nations within the Americas voted in favor of the decision, whereas seven — together with Mexico — abstained. Solely Nicaragua voted towards it.
Ortega’s defiant stance has positioned Latin American governments within the dilemma of deciding whether or not to ship representatives to the inauguration ceremony.
The Mexican authorities, for instance, flip-flopped repeatedly Sunday and Monday on whether or not it will ship anyone.
On Sunday, Mexico mentioned it will ship a mid-level overseas relations official, then mentioned it wouldn’t. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador mentioned Monday that he wasn’t positive, then corrected and mentioned he would ship the cost d’affaires on the Mexican Embassy in Managua.
The listing of these anticipated to attend included representatives from China, North Korea, Iran, Russia and Syria.
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