In September 2021, Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez will assist the 89th Annual Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors where he will urge his colleagues to adopt a resolution to support the people of Nicaragua, and hold the Ortega-Murillo regime accountable for undermining democracy, violating the rule of law, and committing Human Rights abuses in Nicaragua.
The announcement was made by Mayor Bermudez on June 18th following a closed meeting with Florida State Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez, the Doral City Council, and key community group leaders to discuss the democracy crisis in Nicaragua.
“I’ve dedicated many years to fighting for human rights and combatting the violation of freedoms in my native country of Cuba, as well as in neighboring countries like Venezuela and Nicaragua,” said Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez. “The time is now for leaders in the United States to come together and respond to the current situation in Nicaragua in support of so many that have unfortunately suffered at the hands of Daniel Ortega’s regime.”
Actions requested from the United States Government:
– Work on a multilateral effort to reject the Ortega-Murillo regime’s assault on democracy and demand the immediate release of opposition, civil society, and private sector leaders in Nicaragua.
– Support for the Reinforcing Nicaragua’s Adherence to Conditions for Electoral Reform (RENACER) Act, that addresses the corruption by the Nicaraguan Ortega-Murillo government and family, as well as human rights abuses perpetrated by Nicaraguan security forces. The RENACER Act additionally requires the U.S. government to increase sanctions coordination with Canada and the European Union, as well as bolster intelligence reporting on Russian activities in Nicaragua.
– Build on applying the Magnitsky Act to more Nicaraguan government officials and cronies.
– Apply H.R.1918 – Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (NICA).
– Increase sanctions, per Section 5 of the Nicaraguan Human Rights and Anticorruption Act.
– Expel Nicaragua from the US-CAFTA-DR Free Trade Agreement.
– Expand aggressive oversight of lending programs to Nicaragua.
– Investigate the assets and holdings in the United States of members of the Nicaraguan Armed Forces.
– Investigate irregular activities of Nicaraguan consular and diplomatic officers in the United States.
– Officially declare the “Frente Sandinista de Liberacion Nacional” (FSLN) as a terrorist organization.
– Request the International Court of Justice for Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo to be tried for crimes against humanity.
– Call on the Organization of American States and member states to apply articles 20 and 21 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter.
– Call on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to continue documenting violations and take further actions.