Nicaragua’s authorities stated Monday it’s going to implement a program to ensure the secure return of exiles, a proposal the opposition dismissed as “absurd.”
Anybody who fled up to now yr and doesn’t have an open courtroom case or formal accusation in opposition to them might be eligible to return, the international affairs ministry stated in a press release. It stated the Worldwide Group for Migration will present technical help.
The federal government made the proposal to the opposition Civic Alliance on April 10, however stated it did not attain a consensus.
Alliance director Azahalea Solis stated the group rejected the proposal as “absurd.”
“It is ridiculous to behave just like the exiles would imagine the identical authorities that threatened them, persecuted them, killed their family members and occupied their homes is now going to safeguard their lives and security,” Solis stated. She stated the proposal didn’t embody any actual mechanism for shielding those that return.
In accordance with the Inter-American Fee on Human Rights, at the very least 325 individuals have been killed through the previous yr of unrest. The fee estimates there are greater than 52,000 individuals who have fled the nation, principally to Costa Rica.
The Civic Alliance believes there are at the very least 160 individuals who fled the nation whereas dealing with an arrest order.
Solis stated the alliance had countered the federal government’s concept with a plan for returns to be supervised by the Inter-American Fee for Human Rights, however stated the federal government rejected that concept. The federal government has opposed the fee as a guarantor of the negotiations.
She additionally criticized the federal government for not finishing the discharge of political prisoners that authorities had promised.
Jairo Bonilla, a scholar protest chief who went to Costa Rica final yr, stated he nonetheless receives day by day threats from authorities supporters.
“For us as exiles there isn’t any assure that we may return and nothing would occur to us,” stated Bonilla, who maintained that he’s accused falsely of violent acts through the protests.
Bonilla additionally stated President Daniel Ortega is making an attempt to alleviate worldwide strain on his authorities.
“He needs to make it appear to be the whole lot is regular in Nicaragua, that Nicaragua is negotiating, when each day they’re killing extra individuals, they’re arresting extra individuals with out the world realizing it,” Bonilla stated.
Human rights activist Sara Henriquez, exiled in Italy, known as the proposal a “great joke.”
“We haven’t any assurance that they are not going to kill us,” she stated. “All of us who left for exile, it was as a result of we had been threatened with dying or we’ve got instances with the police.”