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Alert of Permanent Secretariat of Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy: Persecution of NGOs in Nicaragua

The Permanent Secretariat of Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy (RedLad) rejects the public attack against the Autonomous Women's Movement (Movimiento Autónomo de Mujeres-MAM) and several other civil organizations who have denounced the fraudulent elections that led to the reelection of Daniel Ortega. Attacks are taking place through different media channels in Nicaragua and the region. RedLad embraces a regional platform with the mandate to promote democracy and human rights. Composed by approximately 300 organizations in the region, it is the regional network of the World Movement for Democracy (WMD) and a member of the Official Civil Society Forum of the Organization of American States (OAS). A news article is being disseminated with the purpose to discredit and make a false accusation against Sofia Montenegro, leader of MAM, and against the organization itself. The accusation indicates that the entity has applied for international funds to bring actions against the Nicaraguan government. Our network supports the work of MAM and other renowned groups that effectively work for the rights of women in Nicaragua, especially the exemplary work of Sofia. The RedLad affirms that all these accusations are false and unfounded. The aims of cooperation projects formulated by MAM are part of routine operations carried out by NGOs and do not serve personal interests. They are instead focused on carrying out bi-partison awareness campaigns on democratic values, transparency, accountability and fair electoral processes. This is clearly disliked by those who do not wish for transparency or who do not believe in democracy. The dissemination of partial truths, lies and false accusations - through the Internet and other media channels funded by authoritarian governments in the region and prepared by so-called experts, continue to systematically intimidate civil society organizations in the region, openly violating their right of association and expression. It is unfortunate that the same individuals, organizations and media to engage slander, based solely political interests, to civil organizations in countries where authoritarian regimes have been imposed. The persecution on MAM is not new. Five other organizations or groups from Nicaragua specialized on issues of women rights and in many countries of the region have suffered similar attacks.

This type of public slander persists in the context of what appears to be a systematic persecution, which aims to attack all organizations, activists and media that have pointed Nicaraguan irregularities and fraudulent actions before and during the November 6 elections. Irregularities and allegations on electoral process denounced by MAM have been documented and evidenced in different electoral observation reports issued by our network, and by organizations such as “Ética y Transparencia” (Transparency International Nicaragua chapter), “Hagamos Democracia” and “Movimiento Puente”. To this extent, the Permanent Secretariat of Latin the American and Caribbean Network for Democracy:  Supports the actions of the Autonomous Women's Movement, organization composed by valuable women, activists and professionals. Supports the complaints issued by the organization and offers its solidarity against the attacks on the institution, its board, and staff.

 Calls for an end of persecution and attacks against movements, organizations, groups and courageous women leaders working in the region for women's rights. Unfortunately, our region continues to suffer high rates of domestic violence, femicide, injustice, and gender inequality. It is therefore essential that these groups can continue to eradicate these scourges.  Requests respect for freedom of association, assembly and expression in Nicaragua. Respect for the right of civil society organizations to receive financial support from national and international cooperation, from all sources, for lawful actions as determined under international conventions such as the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and Development and the Resolution on Freedom of Assembly and Association adopted on June 8, 2011 by the Organization of American States.  Is concerned about the current post-election climate filled with tension in Nicaragua.

 Calls on the Organization of American States to send a Good Offices Mission composed of international experts, under Article 20 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter to evaluate the potential fraud before, during, and after the elections in Nicaragua, as well as the persecution of whistleblower organizations about the transparency of elections. We must act quickly to avoid waves of violence that may arise in the country.  Requests the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression of the Organization of American States to express concern about this new attack on freedom of expression and association in Nicaragua.

 

 We urge the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Association of the United Nations, Mr Maina Kiai, to review the situation of persecution against civil society organizations in Nicaragua and to issue a report on it.  Urges the international community, civil society organizations and democratic governments in the world to demand full respect for freedom of speech, press and association in Nicaragua.  We urge the OAS to undertake a review of funding from some authoritarian governments in the region to a series of media sources in various countries and at the regional level as well as fake journalists and experts and a number of websites and blogs whose work focuses disparaging civil society organizations and leaders in the region with any form of democratic thought contrary to the interests of their governments or authoritarian tendencies.  We request a thorough analysis by the Organization of American States of the November 6 elections and irregularities reported in recent days.
Permanent Secretariat Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy San José, Costa Rica

We urge the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Association of the United Nations, Mr Maina Kiai, to review the situation of persecution against civil society organizations in Nicaragua and to issue a report on it.  Urges the international community, civil society organizations and democratic governments in the world to demand full respect for freedom of speech, press and association in Nicaragua.  We urge the OAS to undertake a review of funding from some authoritarian governments in the region to a series of media sources in various countries and at the regional level as well as fake journalists and experts and a number of websites and blogs whose work focuses disparaging civil society organizations and leaders in the region with any form of democratic thought contrary to the interests of their governments or authoritarian tendencies.  We request a thorough analysis by the Organization of American States of the November 6 elections and irregularities reported in recent days.Permanent Secretariat Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy San José, Costa Rica.


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Fecha: Nov 17, 2011