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International News: U.S. State Department says Nicaragua’s move to leave OAS is ‘step away from democracy’

Posted: Monday, November 20, 2023. 10:32 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The United States Department of State has indicated that Nicaragua’s move to formally withdraw from the Organization of American States (OAS) is “another step away from democracy.”

For some time now the OAS has criticized rights violations under Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. Ortega has rejected those criticisms and began the two-year process to leave the OAS in November 2021.

“The Ortega/Murillo regime’s withdrawal from the OAS is another step away from democracy and further isolates Nicaragua from the international community,” U.S. State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the OAS has said that it will continue to closely monitor Nicaragua’s democracy and human rights record even after the country’s exit from the group, which it has been a member of since 1950.

The last country to leave the OAS was Venezuela in 2019.

 

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