November 05, 2021

Chairman Menendez, 16 Foreign Affairs Committee Chairs From Europe, Western Hemisphere Join Forces in Rejecting Sham Elections in Nicaragua

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was joined by his Foreign Affairs Committee counterparts from the United Kingdom, Lithuania, European Parliament, Spain, Estonia, Latvia, Czechia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Sweden, Ireland, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, and Ecuador in issuing the following joint statement in advance of Nicaragua’s sham elections on Sunday, November 7:

“We, the Chairs of Foreign Affairs Committees of our respective parliaments, recognize and lament the dismantling of democracy in Nicaragua under the toxic rule of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo. 

“The regime has prefaced Nicaragua’s pseudo presidential elections scheduled for November 7, 2021 with callous violations of democratic rules, including the arbitrary imprisonment, torture, and persecution of political opponents, the systematic repression of independent media, and the abuse of state resources. 

“Since May, the Ortega-Murillo regime has jailed five opposition presidential candidates and placed two others under house arrest. In total, the regime holds more than 150 political prisoners, denying them access to due process, legal rights, and even basic needs such as food, water, and hygiene items. 

“The so-called elections in November represent the culmination of the regime’s decades-long assault on independent voices and institutions, the perversion of the country’s laws, and the consolidation of the Ortega-Murillo family dictatorship. 

“We emphatically reject the results of the upcoming sham elections, which were fraudulently and shamefully secured. 

“We stand with the Nicaraguan people as the regime takes radical measures to isolate, silence, and subjugate them.

“We call on governments, businesses, academics, faith-based leaders, and individuals to maintain a spotlight on Nicaragua, to be vocal and persistent in their rejection of the regime, and to echo Nicaraguans’ calls for a future free from tyranny.

“We remind the regime and its supporters that an embrace of authoritarianism is not without consequence.  We applaud accountability measures levied so far by Canada, the European Union, and the United States, and call on like-minded partners and allies to join in robust defense of Nicaragua’s rule of law, human rights, and democracy.

“We are clear-eyed about the ruthlessness of the dictatorship and commit to holding the Ortega-Murillo family to account for their continued campaign of human rights abuses, including torture, extrajudicial killings, and illegal arrests.”

The joint statement was signed by:

 

Bob Menendez

Chairman

Foreign Relations Committee

U.S. Senate

United States

 

Tom Tugendhat

Chairman

Foreign Affairs Committee

House of Commons

United Kingdom

 

┼Żygimantas Pavilionis

Chairman

Foreign Affairs Committee

The Seimas

Lithuania

 

David McAllister MEP

Chair

Committee on Foreign Affairs

European Parliament

 

Pau Marí-Klose

Chairman

Foreign Affairs Committee

Chamber of Deputies

Spain

 

Antonio Gutiérrez Limones

Chairman

Foreign Affairs Committee

Senate

Spain

 

Marko Mihkelson

Chairman

Foreign Affairs Committee

The Riigikogu

Estonia

 

Rihards Kols

Chairman

Foreign Affairs Committee

The Saeima

Latvia

 

Pavel Fischer

Chairman

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security Committee

Senate

Czechia

 

Paola Andrea Holguín Moreno

Chair

Commission II

Senate

Colombia

 

Karine Niño Gutiérrez

Chair

International Relations Committee

Legislative Assembly

Costa Rica

 

Kenneth Forslund

Chairman

Committee on Foreign Affairs

Riksdag

Sweden

 

Charlie Flanagan

Chair

Foreign Affairs and Defence Committee

House of the Oireachtas

Ireland

 

Bogdan Klich

Chairman

Foreign Affairs Committee

Senate

Poland

 

Oleksandr Merezhko

Chair

Committee on Foreign Policy and

Interparliamentary Cooperation

The Verkhovna Rada

Ukraine

 

Juan Flores

Chairman

Commission on International Relations and

Human Mobility

National Assembly

Ecuador

 

Doina Gherman

Chair

Committee on Foreign Relations and

European Integration

Parliament

Moldova

 

 

 

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