Weekly Report - 21 October 2021 (WR-21-42)

OAS rebukes Nicaragua but stops short of action

“The state of democracy in Nicaragua is not just a problem for Nicaraguans, it’s a problem for everyone,” the secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, said on 20 October. Almagro was announcing a resolution which criticised the efforts of the government led by President Daniel Ortega “to subvert the electoral process” and called for the “immediate release of presidential candidates and political prisoners”. The resolution was adopted by 26-0 by the OAS permanent council but the abstention of seven countries prompted some heated reaction as it exposed the difficulty the OAS will have to move beyond words to action.

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