Speaking generously, Nicaraguan civil society has been under duress for several months now. This week, US Ambassador the UN warned of the long lasting consequences that may result from regional negligence, comparing the ongoing crisis in Nicaragua to those in Venezuela and Syria.
” ‘When human rights are denied, the violence and instability that follow spill over borders,” she said, comparing Nicaragua to Venezuela, which has seen more than 1.6 million people leave since 2015, according to the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR.
“With each passing day, Nicaragua travels further down a familiar path,” Haley said. “It is a path that Syria has taken. It is a path that Venezuela has taken.”
At the Security Council meeting, Nicaragua’s government rejected Haley’s contention. Later in the day Ortega reminded a cheering crowd of supporters that the United States had an “expansionist” history in the Central American country.
“What do we say to the United States? That if they want to help the people of Nicaragua, if they want to contribute to peace, the best thing they can do, and should do, is not interfere in Nicaragua, and respect Nicaragua,” Ortega said in the capital Managua.
At the U.N. meeting, the representative for neighboring Costa Rica said that the country had seen a “significant increase” in requests for asylum from Nicaraguans since the protests began: a total of 12,830 in the first eight months of the year.“