Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Partial good news from Nicaragua

Looking at the glass as half full.

Amaya Coppens finally freed after nine months in prison
First the good news in Nicaragua. 106 political prisoners have been freed (50 on Monday, June 10, 2019 and 56 on Tuesday, June 11, 2019) in Nicaragua after having been unjustly imprisoned. Two of the prisoners of conscience freed had been featured on this blog: Nicaraguan-Belgian student Amaya Coppens, and journalists Lucia Pineda. Amaya had been jailed since September 10, 2019 due to her courageous defense of democracy and Lucia since December 21, 2019 had been jailed for her journalismManagua's auxiliary bishop Silvio Baez said it best: "I greet with immense joy the news that so many Nicaraguans are out of prison that should never have been there." 

The bad news is that Ortega's troops who left at least 325 dead, 800 in prison and thousands in exile were also granted an amnesty. With regards to those who engaged in killings and torture this is not an act of amnesty but an act of impunity.

The struggle for freedom and the rule of law continue in Nicaragua.

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