February 1, 2023

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Before the OAS, the Argentine government condemned 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). A move by the Ministry of External Affairs, which confirmed its position last November, It happened 48 hours later A member of the Foreign Ministry close to Sergio Massa continued – although he later qualified his statements – Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba are “democracies”..

Diplomatic sources explained that Argentina’s vote was a majority OAS Permanent Council, an extraordinary session convened to deal with a draft resolution entitled “The situation in Nicaragua.” The text once again reflects concern over human rights abuses under the regime Daniel Ortega, It received 27 votes in favor.

OAS Assembly

Argentina, by the way Maria Cecilia Villagra, Argentina’s alternate permanent representative before that body reiterated the importance of “restoring public rights and freedoms in Nicaragua.” He also called once again “Reprove the inclusive mandate created by the OAS and regret Nicaragua’s announcement of 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) and Colombia and Nicaragua did not participate.

In a similar vein, last November, the Ministry of External Affairs recognized its historical commitment to the protection of human rights and strongly supports the work of the United Nations High Commissioner. Michael BachlettRegarding the situation in Nicaragua”.

Alberto Fernandez talks to Santiago Cafiero on the phone during the Mercosur summit
Alberto Fernandez talks to Santiago Cafiero on the phone during the Mercosur summit George Chance – AB

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

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day before yesterday, However, they received support from the Argentine Foreign Ministry for inclusionVenezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua in the Celac environment, an organization that will be chaired by Argentina until the end of this year and brings together 32 countries on the continent. “All CELAC countries are democratic, accepting all government systems is a fair democracy. There is no ideological vision here, but unity in diversity”, he said. Nation Under-Secretary for Latin American Affairs, Gustavo Martínez Bandiani, National Coordinator of the Community of Nations.

Carreara 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 happen, Argentina points them out, as it did at the UN in Geneva. But we think it’s a bad idea to exclude it.”The paper was officially concluded when it asked about the possibility of using a democratic bloc in CELAC in relation to Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua.

In response to a query, he admitted it Nation He responded that in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba, all CELAC countries are democracies, Martínez Bandiani warned that the phrase evoked a message far removed from his personal position and that of the government. Instead of “Castro,” the diplomat associated with Sergio Massa shares with Tigres a position much closer to the United States than to Cuba or the Bolivarian regime. In fact, they pointed out from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that the vote condemning Nicaragua came from his 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 the interest of uniting the region, leaving behind ideological divisions, some of my words caused confusion.”, confirmed Martinez Pandiani.

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“I would like to make it clear that, as a diplomat, it is not appropriate for me to classify any country with which the Argentine Republic has diplomatic relations and historical relations of friendship and cooperation,” he added: “During my 30-year diplomatic career, I have always defended the values ​​of democracy and human rights, which are the main pillars of Argentina’s foreign policy.”.