Nicaragua: MEPs to support internal dialogue and respect of fundamental rights 

Negotiations between Nicaraguan authorities and opposition, aimed at solving the country’s political crisis, will be the centre of a plenary debate on Wednesday.

MEPs will underline that the respect of fundamental rights, including freedom of expression, assembly and the right to information, is essential. In a resolution to be put to a vote on Thursday, MEPs are likely to demand the release of all political prisoners and an end to violent oppression.

Background

In April 2018, the Nicaraguan authorities harshly repressed peaceful protests against the reform of the social security system. This was followed by a surge of backlash against the opposition and the media. According to international observers, several hundred people have died in Nicaragua since April, with many opposition figures, journalists, and citizens fleeing the country.

The European Parliament condemned the repression and intimidation of peaceful demonstrators, in May, calling on President Ortega to organise fair and credible elections. A delegation of MEPs also travelled to the country in January to assess the situation on the ground. They met with representatives of the government, including Ortega, the opposition, civil society and the church, as well as journalists and students.

Procedure: Statement by the Vice Preident of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, followed by a non-legislative resolution

Debate: Wednesday, 13 March

Vote: Thursday, 14 March