Argentina and Mexico have recalled ambassadors to Nicaragua following the latest in a series of high-profile political arrests.
According to a joint statement, the envoy will recently return to the capital to discuss the “worried” behavior of the Nicaraguan government.
It came after another potential presidential candidate was detained.
Journalist Miguel Mora was detained under the controversial “rebellion” law in Nicaragua.
He is the fifth president who expects to be arrested in the last three weeks.
The wave of detention occurs five months before the election, when President Daniel Ortega is expected to run for four consecutive terms.
A recent action by the Nicaraguan government “endangers the integrity and freedom of various opposition figures (including presidential candidates), activists and Nicaraguan businessmen.” Joint statement of Argentina and Mexico Said.
The two countries added that they would continue to “promote full respect” for human rights and civil and political freedom.
A recent wave of arrests has caused criticism both inside and outside Nicaragua. A regional organization of the Organization of American States has demanded the release of all presidential applicants and political prisoners.
What’s happening in Nicaragua?
Police said Mora, a former director of the opposition TV channel 100% Noticias, was arrested for “inciting foreign interference with domestic affairs and demanding military intervention.”
Since June 2, five presidential candidates have been arrested. they are:
Miguel Mora, 57, opposition journalist
Felix Maladiaga, 44, academic and political activist
Juan Sebastian Chamorro, 52, economist
Christiana Chamorro, 67, daughter of former President Violeta Chamorro
Arturo Cruz, 67, former ambassador
Police, as well as presidential candidates, have detained more than a dozen opposition leaders. They include Mr. Ortega’s former comrades from his time as rebels of Sandinista, who later became a critic of the president.
Ortega has been a dominant figure in Nicaragua’s politics for decades and played an important role in the armed struggle with the dictator Announcer Somoza, whose family has ruled the country since 1936. ..
He formed part of the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN), which seized power after the expulsion of Somoza in 1979. He served as president for a term in the 1980s, but his daughter Christiana lost to one of the presidents, Violeta Chamorro, in the 1990 elections. Applicants who are currently arrested.
After changing his brand name as a Christian socialist, he is expected to win the elections in 2006, 2011 and 2016 and stand again in the next election in November.
However, opposition to Mr. Ortega has increased in recent years.
In 2018, large-scale anti-government protests swept across the country, but faced violent police response. Hundreds were killed and thousands were injured in clashes between protesters on the one hand and security forces and pro-government militias on the other.
The protests eventually disappeared later in the year after many of the people who led the protests were arrested. Ortega refused the then call for an advance election and continued his term.
What is “Treason Act”?
Christiana Chamorro has been accused of money laundering, but she denies it. Others in custody have been accused of plotting against Nicaragua’s sovereignty and independence and organizing terrorist acts with financial support from foreign powers.
They were held under the controversial rebellion law passed in December by the Nicaraguan parliament, which is dominated by government allies.
Under the law, the government has the authority to prohibit candidates from running if they are deemed to be traitors to Nicaragua. Anyone nominated as a traitor can be sent to jail for up to 15 years.
The government states that the law aims to protect Nicaragua’s “independence, sovereignty and self-determination.” It says the country is under threat from US imperialist forces determined to defeat President Ortega and a “coup” in Nicaragua.
However, critics say the presidential election scheduled for November is approaching and Ortega is using the law against anyone who may oppose him.
The criticism has had little effect on President Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo. “The law is strict, but it’s the law,” Murillo said on Tuesday, calling the arrested people “the throne.”