OAS Commission protests prohibition of entry to Nicaragua

A commission of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Nicaragua complained on Sunday of an order from the government of Daniel Ortega, which prohibited it from entering the country to carry out diplomatic efforts in search of a solution to the political crisis that the Central American country is going through.

OAS Commission in Nicaragua.

OAS Commission in Nicaragua. / Via REUTERS

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The delegation, made up of the representatives of Argentina, Canada, the United States, Jamaica and Paraguay, planned to be in Managua on September 16 and 17, but the Migration and Foreigners Department prohibited airlines from transporting diplomats.

"The Commission ... expresses its discomfort at the decision of the Nicaraguan Government to prohibit the entry into Nicaragua of its members," the OAS said in a statement.

Nicaraguan authorities have not denied or confirmed the ban, which circulated on social media on Saturday. It was not possible to immediately obtain a comment from the Government.

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"The Commission underlines its decision to continue with the tasks entrusted to it by the General Assembly in view of the deterioration of democratic institutions and human rights in Nicaragua and calls on the Nicaraguan Government to review its position and allow it to enter the country", it added.

The commission was created on August 30 and has a period of 75 days to present a report on the situation in the country, which is experiencing a political crisis since April 2018, when the Ortega government repressed protests against it, leaving more than 320 dead, according to various agencies.

The Government of Ortega rejected the formation of the Commission and called it "interferenceist", while the country's economy continues to worsen and tens of thousands go into exile.

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