Thursday, January 27

Ortega releases more than 1,000 common prisoners, but keeps about 160 political prisoners behind bars



The Government of Nicaragua has released to more than 1,000 common prisoners, Therefore, with this decision, about 4,000 convicts would have been released in 2021, a figure that rises to 26,000 since 2016.

«With this step towards the family coexistence of more than 1,000 families, today we are reaching 26,000 families who have been reunified since 2016 (…) Tomorrow we are going to give the precise data because I don’t have them here at the moment, ”Nicaraguan Vice President Rosario Murillo said in a statement this Tuesday, according to official media related to the country’s president, Daniel Ortega.

The measure, which implies “a new opportunity to straighten the path”, has been justified by the Presidency based on the Christmas dates, which represent “joy and happiness” for the citizens of Nicaragua.

«26,386 people, that is, families, have passed to the family coexistence regime (…) they include traqueros, others call them terrorists, criminals, but, after all, they received the generosity of the Nicaraguan people and were released “, has said.

However, the Ortega government has not provided data about political prisoners that remain in the prisons of the country. About 160 are behind bars and have denounced, through their families, mistreatment and torture, according to the newspaper ‘La Prensa’.

In November, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights accused the Government of Nicaragua in contempt for not complying with the measures adopted by the organization regarding the release of more than 20 political prisoners.

The entity defended that the positions adopted by Ortega and Murillo constitute an act of contempt for the obligatory nature of the decisions dictated by the body, at the same time that it goes against the international principle of abiding by their conventional obligations in good faith, the local newspaper reported ‘The Press’.

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