AMERICA/NICARAGUA - Position of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Managua against violations of fundamental rights and for the construction of a pluralist society

Friday, 11 December 2020 social situation   politics   human rights   local churches  


Managua (Agenzia Fides) - The Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Managua urged, in a pastoral letter, to put an end to the violation and lack of respect for human rights and expressed the hope that Nicaraguans can "celebrate this Christmas with joy, without political prisoners, with freedom of expression and without repression". "We must build a pluralistic society, which welcomes different thoughts, beliefs and opinions, with mutual respect", says the letter sent to Fides.
Quoting Pope Francis’ Encyclical "Fratelli Tutti", signed on 3 October, the Commission affirms that unfortunately in some "the habit of quickly disqualifying the opponent, applying humiliating epithets prevails, instead of facing an open and respectful dialogue in which a winning synthesis is sought".
The Archdiocese hopes that "the yearnings for peace, justice, freedom and joy which have today been violated by so much corruption, repression, violation and lack of respect for human rights (...) will once again burst into the hearts of Nicaraguans with new vitality".
The message insists that "in the immediate future, the perspective of Nicaraguans who love this country excludes any type of violent solution", insisting on the awareness that the only possible way is that of democracy.
The document of the Justice and Peace Commission thanked the "generous and spontaneous response of people to natural disasters" while deploring that "once again these have exposed the structural poverty which has not been remedied for decades, aggravated by political manipulation in the face of the nation's misfortunes".
The population evacuated from the areas affected by the hurricanes denounced the preference with which the authorities distributed humanitarian aid and the lack of support for people who do not sympathize with the government of President Ortega. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 11/12/2020)