AMERICA/NICARAGUA - Denying rights kills people, there is very little space for democratic participation

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 politics   human rights   bishops   elections  

Managua (Agenzia Fides) - The Bishops of Nicaragua continue to speak out against the decision of President Daniel Ortega not to allow the presence of national and international observers, in the presidential elections on 6 November (see Fides 7 and 8/6/2016).
The Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Managua, His Exc. Mgr. Silvio Jose Baez, in his homily addressed to the priests of the diocese of Matagalpa made everyone reflect on the social situation that the country lives: "People are killed when their rights are denied", said the Bishop. "There is very little space for democratic participation in the country. Ideological plurality will be positive for Nicaragua" said Mgr. Baez in his dialogue with the press after the Mass with the priests.
"Plurality does not necessarily mean conflict. This is the great challenge: to appreciate and recognize the diversity of opinions ... and this also means peaceful coexistence, respect for the diversity of the human rights of citizens".
The Supreme Court has decided to remove Eduardo Montealegre, head of the Liberal Independent party, one of the opposition forces against President Ortega. The Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) has ordered the withdrawal of the party, that has caused reactions among the population at all levels, because such a measure favors Ortega. Although the CSE has justified the decision with the lack of the necessary requirements in the party, it is criticized by everyone for acting very late. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 14/06/2016)