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The Daniel Ortega regime authorized the release of 2,815 prisoners in Nicaragua for the “month of mothers”: no political prisoner was released

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Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, in Managua
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The Daniel Ortega regime published a statement on Wednesday afternoon to report that “on the occasion of the month of Nicaraguan mothers,” it would release 2,815 prisoners from all prisons in the country. The document indicated that the objective was to promote family coexistence during the festive period. However, they do not include any of the 93 political prisoners of the regime.

“The National Penitentiary System of the Ministry of the Interior, the Government of reconciliation and national unity, fulfilling our responsible, Christian and solidarity commitment, He gave his families and 2,815 people (2,727 men and 88 women), who were released with the legal benefit of family coexistence, including elderly people with chronic conditions, returned to their homes. As an observer at family reunion events and at the request of the Government, was the representation of the International Committee of the Red Cross, “the statement said.

The local newspaper The Press He cited a source from the Government Ministry and noted that this tomorrow more than 500 common inmates from the Jorge Navarro Penitentiary System, from the Tipitapa municipality, were taken from their cells and directed to the prison yard to be reviewed and determined if they could be released.

The release of the measure It does not indicate if this release is linked to the outbreak of respiratory diseases that many inmates have had for about 15 days. and that relatives and human rights activists have been denouncing the danger of contagion from COVID-19.

The Press confirmed that there were no political prisoners on the list of more than 2,815 inmates benefited. The last release of common prisoners was last April, and no detainee was released for political reasons despite the insistence of his lawyers about the danger of contagion of the coronavirus in overcrowded jails.

The blue and white flag became the symbol of the protests against the Ortega regime. (Courtesy La Prensa)

The blue and white flag became the symbol of the protests against the Ortega regime. (Courtesy La Prensa)

A political prisoner with symptoms of COVID-19, who had been reported missing, was found intubated Tuesday in a Managua hospital, after several days of suffering respiratory problems, his relatives reported.

Uriel Pérez, who is part of the list of 93 political prisoners of the Ortega regime, should have been presented by the authorities of the National Penitentiary System this morning in the Managua Judicial Complex, to face a trial, but he was absent because he was in critical condition in the Nicaraguan German Hospital, intended for those affected by the pandemic, their relatives reported.

“We are here in the German Hospital, we have just been informed that Uriel Pérez is here, he is intubated, they did not want to give information, but here we are, with this sad news, sharing it,” said the relatives in a message released on social networks. .

Pérez had last been seen last Saturday, while he was taken unconscious from the “La Modelo” prison clinic, the largest in the country, after passing out from symptoms similar to those of COVID-19, according to the April Victims Association (AVA).

Although the authorities of the National Penitentiary System knew that Pérez was in a critical condition, they never provided information about the political prisoner to his family members, who left the Judicial Complex to look for him in various hospital centers, until he found his whereabouts.

“Once again the criminal state of Ortega is responsible for the cruelty against our young people, the great pain that our mothers are suffering is unfortunate,” added one of the relatives, while the inmate’s mother, Silvana Pérez, was crying uncontrollably.

Illustrative file photo of a protester holding a Nicaraguan flag at a protest in Managua against the government of President Daniel Ortega.
Feb 25, 2020.REUTERS / Oswaldo Rivas

Illustrative file photo of a protester holding a Nicaraguan flag at a protest in Managua against the government of President Daniel Ortega.
Feb 25, 2020.REUTERS / Oswaldo Rivas

ALARM FOR POLITICAL PRISONERS

The news of Pérez’s disappearance and his subsequent appearance created alarm among the relatives of at least 93 political prisoners locked up after being identified as Ortega’s opponents.

One of those affected was Maritza Arce, mother of Michael Arce, one of the 23 political prisoners reported with conditions similar to those of CODIV-19. “Please, Pope Francis, help us, to free our children. To the International Red Cross, to all the human rights lords, please help them, that our children leave soon, because they are going to die in there, free our children, please, they are innocent, “said Arce, between crying

Relatives of political prisoners argue that their lives should not be in danger in a crowded and unhealthy prison, because dissent is not punishable by Nicaraguan law.

The Nicaraguan regime recognizes 25 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 8 deaths, however, the independent Citizen Observatory COVID-19 counted at least 1,033 cases of contagion of the disease until Monday, with 188 deaths with similar symptoms.

Ortega has made no restrictions to prevent the spread of the pandemic in Nicaragua, and has barely accepted any prevention measures, while promoting agglomeration activities, which are only attended by the Sandinistas.

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Acnudh), and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), have advocated for the situation of convicts in Nicaragua, until now they have not been heard by Ortega.

The IACHR’s reaction

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights “welcomed the release of 2,815 people in the Nicaraguan Penitentiary System, among which, according to official information, are older adults with chronic conditions that put them at risk in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. ″

At the same time, he stated on Twitter that “Take into account that there would be no political prisoners among those released. According to civil society complaints, at least 28 political prisoners have symptoms or special risk conditions that make them vulnerable. ”

(With information from EFE)

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