The Democratic Alternative 91 (DA’91) political party in Suriname condemns the increasing violence in Nicaragua as well as the resulting killings of citizens. The number of death is exorbitant. According to a recent report of the OAS human rights commission (IACHR) 254 deaths in 86 days of crisis. The situation is such that regional organizations as well as the UN daily address the issue and call upon all involved to stop the violence through the means of political dialogue.
The government of Nicaragua belongs to the group of governments, amongst which also Venezuela, with whom the government of Desi Bouterse, maintains special relations. In August 2017, the then minister of trade and industry even pointed to Nicaragua as a model for Suriname.
DA’91 condemns the deprivation of liberty of, amongst others, human rights activists and the murdering of protesting citizens. Only truth, justice and a sustainable end of repressive government can save Nicaragua. For justice to triumph it is necessary that those who are instigators and supporters of the violence, regardless of their position and role, are identified.
DA’91 does not work by a double standard in the condemning of repressive government and calls on all governments, especially our own Surinamese government, to do the same. Making use of lies and deception to explain away that which is destructive is only done by those who are of the same character as the perpetrators.
The only way forward for Nicaragua is one based on free and fair elections. The accusations towards citizens of coup attempts on the government of Nicaragua have been proven baseless, and the murders are mostly the work of militias and other armed groups related and loyal to the government of Nicaragua.
Even though the eruption in Nicaragua has proven to be a spontaneous explosion as a reaction on actions by the government, the rulers keep on accusing the opposition of willfully creating a crisis. This while the opposition in a large part, due to actions by this government, has been dismantled.
The Human rights report points to Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo as the main human rights offenders. This is an extrication of the regime in Nicaragua.
DA’91 stands with the people of Nicaragua and condemns the repression, the human rights violations.
We call on the government of Suriname as well as all the governments in the CARICOM, in the interest of the people of Nicaragua and in the interest of our region, to actively support initiatives to restore peace, harmony, the rule of law and democracy in Nicaragua, whereby law and justice have to prevail.
Democratic Alternative 91