The Inter-American Court of Human Rights declared the federal government of Nicaragua in contempt of court Tuesday for ignoring its rulings on political prisoners.
The court is an arm of the Organization of American States, from which Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega has pledged to withdraw his nation.
The court issued a number of rulings in 2021 and 2022 concerning the destiny of 46 Nicaraguans arrested by Ortega’s authorities. The court considers them political prisoners. Human rights teams say a complete of 219 political prisoners are in Nicaraguan jails, many in unwell well being because of this.
Nicaragua’s authorities didn’t hassle to ship representatives to the court’s final session on the difficulty Nov. 9.
Ortega’s authorities has moved systematically towards all voices of dissent, arresting dozens of opposition leaders and clergy members. Many have been sentenced to jail this 12 months in fast trials closed to the general public.
Nicaragua’s congress, dominated by Ortega’s Sandinista National Liberation Front, has ordered the closure of greater than 1,000 nongovernmental organizations, together with the late Mother Teresa’s charity.
Huge road protests throughout Nicaragua in 2018 referred to as for Ortega to step down. He maintained the protests had been a coup try carried out with overseas backing and the assist of the church.