The Society of Jesus has urged Latin American countries — working “through international diplomacy” — to “take all the necessary measures to rescue democracy in Nicaragua and hold the current regime responsible for the crimes it has committed.”
In a lengthy statement, “Crimes that demand justice: an urgent call to the international community,” released Sept. 19, the Conference of Jesuit Provincials of Latin America and the Caribbean called for justice and an end to the violence in Nicaragua where, for the past 18 months, the government has targeted opponents of President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo.
“We will not tire in denouncing the arbitrary actions of the Ortega-Murillo regime,” said the statement signed by Father Roberto Jaramillo Bernal, conference president, and Father Rolando Alvarado, Jesuit provincial for Central America.
“We want to continue being attentive of the voices of those who are suffering the unmerciful tyranny of power that tries to subject the dreams of freedom and democracy through terror, repression, torture and killings.”
Nicaraguans took to the streets, starting in April 2018, against a proposed reform to the country’s social security institute. Their demands expanded to include the ouster of Ortega and his Sandinista party.