European MPs Confirm: “There Was No Coup” in Nicaragua

Ramon Jaregui (c), member of the European Parliament, presiding the press conference in Managua after the MEPs three-day visit. Photo: Carlos Herrera / Confidencial

They demand the release of the Political Prisoners.

The MEPs concluded their visit by meeting with Daniel Ortega: The Government clings to its own version of events.

They also demand gestures from the Government for a national dialogue: that harassment and persecution cease and that international human rights organizations return.


By Yader Luna  (Confidencial)

HAVANA TIMES – A mission of European Parliament members (MEPs) concluded their fact-finding visit to Nicaragua on Saturday afternoon by holding a press conference. They ruled out the Ortega government’s central argument that a coup attempt had occurred,, declaring that thesis “speculative and partisan,” as well as “not supported by any evidence.”

Instead, they asked that the dialogue be resumed to resolve the crisis that began last April. To make this possible, they asked for “three gestures” as minimum conditions for this initiative to prosper.

First, that the regime grant “provisional freedom for the demonstrators in prison, at least under the modality of house arrest. Second, that they cease the limitations on freedoms and the harassment of social leaders who are exercising their fundamental rights and freedoms. Thirdly, that they allow the return to the country of the international organizations that defend human rights.”

“The Government and its officials insist on the thesis of a violent coup d’état, terrorist acts, violence, and above all an external aggression. We do not believe in this hypothesis,” Ramon Jauregui, a Spaniard, told the press conference on behalf of the 11 MEPs who visited Nicaragua for three days to assess the crisis.

Government errors

The MEPs were convinced that the crisis in Nicaragua is a consequence of “repression” and insisted that the dialogue “between Nicaraguans” is the only way out.

They noted that “freedom of movement, of meetings, of expression, is a sine qua non condition for a democratic negotiation process.” They considered “inadmissible” scenes such as that on Friday, when several social leaders were retained by the Police after meeting with the European mission.

Jauregui pointed out that “the Government made a mistake” by expelling the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) and the Special Follow-up Mechanism for Nicaragua (Meseni), both organizations under the protection of the Organization of American States (OAS).

He said it was also an “error” of the Executive to expel the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from the country, as well as to strip the local human rights organizations of their legal status.

Call to peace

The MEPs recommended to the Nicaraguan opposition that they “reiterate their message of peace, and their commitment to seek access to political power only through words and with votes..”

“It may be unnecessary, but it is essential to repeat: ‘Never again violence in Nicaragua’,” stressed the deputies of the European Parliament. They also urged the opposition to develop a more cohesive structure, in order “to make dialogue more feasible” to resolve the crisis.

The MEPs did not say whether they would be willing to participate as mediators in a dialogue in Nicaragua, but reiterated their support for the process.

In their report presented today in Managua, the delegation of MEPs noted that the protests have been legitimate, and that in a democracy the parties should be willing to lose.

They also warned that the European Union could pursue legal decisions, regarding the agreements they have with Nicaragua, because “the current situation in Nicaragua in terms of human rights and democracy is not compatible with the Association Agreement” with Central America and with the country.

Improper legal processes

“The judicial proceedings do not enjoy sufficient procedural and criminal guarantees,” stated the MEPs at the press conference.

In addition, they criticized the fact that in Nicaragua there are a number of journalists imprisoned and others in exile, while several media outlets have been closed or attacked.

They referred to their meeting with Miguel Mora, director of 100% Noticias, who is being held in “inadequate” prison conditions.

“Miguel Mora has been in a cell for 35 days without being able to see the sun. He asked us for light and a Bible… this is not admissible,” said the Parliament members.

5 thoughts on “European MPs Confirm: “There Was No Coup” in Nicaragua

  • Ortega and his wife are not able to govern. This is clear. They are ruining property values for ex-pats owning investment property in Nicaragua. Ortega must go soon. One way or another.

    David Mickle

  • Exactly, there was no coup. There was an attempted coup. Thank God the golpistas we’re put squarely in their place.

    Now, things are peaceful. Things are back to normal. All is well. Tourism is increasing. Things will eventually return to the way they were. Well, for those of us here. For those that flew the coop so to speak, things may not return for them very quickly. Ja ja

  • Ortega and wife must step down soon. The country needs leadership from top to bottom.

    David Mickie
    San Juan Del Sur

  • Morning it is very important for our people of the east coast of Nicaragua agree a 100%, been a long time we have the capability to manage our resources for our people, congratulation there is lots to talk about the east coast on Nicaragua we been abandone God blessing

  • We in the Miskitu Coast. Have
    Asked, demanded and pleaded
    For Europe, US and UN.
    To see the genocide, ethnic cleansing and hate crimes on our people the original 12 tribes that comprise the Miskitu Nation and
    If we are being insulted or spoken to in capital letters we are ignored!
    The Nicaraguan Sandinista Regime lead by Ortega/Murillo are sending Armed Colonos to cease our ancestral land and Multinational companies like B2Gold andHemco are removing our minerals and treating our people as criminals in their own God given land….
    The Matriarch of the Nation has left a message for the European MP:

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