Through a written communication to Mr. Daniel Ortega, the Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy (ACJD) makes an urgent call to resume the path for a peaceful and democratic way out, to cease all forms of violence and to reinstate the National Dialogue, with the Episcopal Conference as mediator and witness, with the appropriate international guarantors.
We demand that coordinated steps be taken at the Dialogue table to propitiate:
- The cease of confrontation environment of and the re-establishment of citizen security throughout the national sphere, with the commitment from all to contribute in the establishment of a work environment, peace, social tranquility and adherence to the respect of the law.
- The release of all political prisoners, and detailed information on the list of persons currently listed as missing.
- The cease of repression in its various forms, criminalization of protests, taking land, intimidation of the dialogue members, media and human rights defenders.
- That the government proceed to disarm and dissolve all para-police groups and other armed civilians, under the supervision of the OAS and the United Nations (UN)
From the Alliance, we joined the Committee Pro-Freedom of Political Prisoners to demand freedom and respect for the guarantees of all Nicaraguans whom have been arrested by the Ortega – Murillo regime for the simple fact of disagreeing with the repressive action of the Government and support the process of democratization in Nicaragua. We condemn the criminalization of peaceful protest by this regime.
Data from the Permanent Commission of Human Rights (CPDH) indicate that during the almost four months of peaceful protest, 137 people have been charged and prosecuted for terrorism, organized crime, kidnapping, arson and murder, among other crimes, in the courts of Managua , Granada, Estelí and Jinotepe, mainly.
With them it has been proven once again the partisanship of the current justice system to process the different cases expeditiously, to hold them in private hearings and even to deny our victims the right to private defense. We repudiate all these irregularities against the Law and we sympathize with each one of them and their families for their uncertainty, anguish and pain that overwhelms them at this time. We denounce that today once again the judicialization of the civic protest becomes real with the scheduled hearing at 9 am of the detainees Hansell Vázquez, Marlon Fonseca and Rodrigo Espinoza.
We assure all political prisoners that they are NOT alone.
The Alliance has promoted actions before the OAS, United Nations, and representations of countries, such as the Department of State in the United States, and national human rights organizations, organizations and countries whose representatives have denounced the continuous arbitrary arrests and demanded the release of all Nicaraguans arrested for demonstrating peacefully and for defending the human rights of the people.
We will turn to the streets again, firstly, in support of the march on Saturday 11th and the marathon on August 12th, activities called by #SOSNicaraguaGlobal.
As a Civic Alliance for Justice and Democracy, we will be holding a major national march on Wednesday, August 15th at 10:00 am from the Christ the King roundabout to the Our Lady roundabout. This action is to demonstrate our repudiation of the initial hearing to be held that same day against Medardo Mairena and Pedro Mena, representatives of the Peasant Movement and in support of all political prisoners, so we call on Nicaraguan citizens to to join from their locations so that together we denounce these legal abuses. We also urge the businessmen of the country to grant the respective permission to their collaborators to participate in this activity with full freedom.
University and Civil Society Coalition
National Council in Defense of Our Land, Lake and Sovereignty – Countrymen Movement