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Chair Sires and Ranking Member Green Condemn Ortega’s Attacks on Cristiana Chamorro

Jun 2, 2021
Press Release

(Washington, D.C.) – In response to the Ortega regime’s issuance of an arrest warrant against independent presidential candidate Cristiana Chamorro and disqualification of her prospective candidacy, Reps. Albio Sires (D-NJ) and Mark Green (R-TN), Chair and Ranking Member respectively of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, issued the following statement:

“It’s not an election when the incumbent chooses who can compete. The baseless accusations brought against Cristiana Chamorro and her colleagues are Daniel Ortega’s latest ploy to eliminate the political opposition and maintain his authoritarian grip on power at any cost. These desperate actions show the lengths Ortega will go to prevent a credible election. We condemn his government’s severe violations of human rights and call on the regime to cease its de facto detention of Cristiana Chamorro and her family members, as well as the illegal raid of her home. We also call for the immediate and unconditional release of Walter Gomez, Marcos Fletes, and the dozens of other political prisoners who have been arbitrarily detained in Nicaragua.

“The international community must be unified in imposing severe consequences for Ortega’s anti-democratic actions. We urge the Biden Administration, as well as our allies in the European Union, Canada, and Latin America, to impose coordinated sanctions against each of the Public Ministry officials and police officers who ordered and carried out the raids and arrests. We also urge the Organization of American States to convene a special session to address Nicaragua’s failure to comply with the OAS-imposed deadline for election reforms and what steps to implement to hold Ortega accountable for his regime’s repeated violations of the Inter-American Democratic Charter. We call on our colleagues in the House and Senate to immediately pass the RENACER Act.

“We stand in solidarity with the Nicaraguan people in the face of this assault on their democratic rights and freedoms and will continue working on a bipartisan basis to support their aspirations for free and fair elections.”