EU Pressures Nicaragua

The European Parliament's plenary session proposes that the European Commission apply the democratic clause in the EU-Central America Association Agreement, which would involve Nicaragua's withdrawal from the agreement.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Almost two years after the start of the political and economic crisis in Nicaragua, MEPs are proposing to sanction the Ortega administration with the eventual withdrawal of the country from the trade agreement.

In a resolution, approved by 560 votes to 12 with 43 abstentions, the European Parliament plenary "...calls for the release of all political prisoners, the dismantling of the paramilitary forces operating in the country and a real dialogue between the authorities and the opposition Alianza Civica."

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The article in adds that "... It also demands that international organizations expelled from the country be allowed to return - including the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights or the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights - and that a credible electoral process be established, with a reformed Supreme Electoral Council, allowing immediate, free and transparent elections, with the presence of international observers."

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