At the OAS, the Argentinian government condemns human rights violations in Nicaragua

Argentina’s government today condemned human rights abuses and demanded the release of political prisoners Nicaragua Before the Organization of American States (OAS). An approach by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which confirmed its position last November, It happened 48 hours later A member of the Foreign Office close to Sergio Massa continued – although he later qualified his remarks – Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba are “democracies”..

Diplomatic sources explained that Argentina’s vote was in the majority OAS Permanent Council, a special session convened to consider a draft resolution entitled “The situation in Nicaragua”. The text once again reflects the concern aroused by the violations of human rights under the regime Daniel Ortega, He got 27 votes for him.

Argentina, by the way Maria Cecilia Villagra, Argentina’s Alternate Permanent Representative to this body reiterated the importance of “restoring public rights and freedoms in Nicaragua”. He also called once again “Reaffirm the inclusive mandate established by the OAS and deplore the announcement of Nicaragua’s withdrawal from the organization”.

The OAS Secretary General did not attend the vote held at the Hall of the Americas in Washington. Luis Almagro. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, four referendums (Bolivia, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico) as well as Colombia and Nicaragua did not participate.

Similarly, last November, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recognized its historic commitment to the protection of human rights and strongly supports the work of the United Nations High Commissioner. Michael BachletRegarding the situation in Nicaragua”.

Alberto Fernandez speaks by phone with Santiago Cafiero during the Mercosur summit George Chance – Alta.

In a series of tweets from the ministry’s official account, three days later The controversial election in Nicaragua has been questioned by the United States and CanadaThe government reiterated its “concern over the arrest of opposition leaders, as well as the need for the Nicaraguan government to guarantee respect for the human rights of the entire population”.

before yesterday, However, they supported the inclusion of the Argentine Ministry of Foreign AffairsVenezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua in the Celac environment, an organization that will be led by Argentina until the end of this year and brings together 32 countries of the continent. “All CELAC countries are democratic, accepting all systems of government is fair democracy. There is no ideological vision here, but unity in diversity,” he said. nation Undersecretary for Latin American Affairs, Gustavo Martínez Bandiani, National Coordinator of the Community of Nations.

Carrara diplomat, lawyer and political scientist Martínez Pandiani, 32 years in the world of diplomacy, defended the right of all countries to “choose” their political system. “When human rights violations occur, Argentina reports them, as it did at the UN in Geneva. But we think it’s a bad idea to exclude it.”The newspaper was officially shut down when it asked about the possibility of using a democratic bloc within CELAC in relation to Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua.

Although he admitted when asked nation He replied that in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba, all CELAC countries are democracies, Martínez Bandiani warned that the expression sends a message away from his staff and that of the government. Instead of “Castro,” the Sergio Massa-linked diplomat shares with Tigres a stance much closer to the United States than to Cuba or the Bolivarian regime. In fact, the State Department pointed out that the vote condemning Nicaragua came from its office.

“A few days ago, I expressed my belief that CELAC is a very valuable diverse and democratic forum because it has a diversity of voices representing Latin America and the Caribbean. In an effort to unite the region and get out of ideological divisions, some of my remarks have sown confusion.“, confirmed Martinez Pandiani.

“I would like to clarify that as a diplomat it is not appropriate for me to categorize, let alone catalog, any country with which the Argentine Republic has diplomatic relations and historical friendship and cooperation,” he said. he adds : “In my 30 years of diplomatic career, I have always defended the values ​​of democracy and human rights, which are the main pillars of Argentina’s foreign policy.“.

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