Trade unions in El Salvador, Honduras and Costa Rica demand “emergency intervention by the SICA General Secretariat”
The accidental arrest of José Adán Aguerri, the former chairman of the High Commission for Private Enterprise (Cosep) and the chairman of the Consultative Committee for Economic Integration (CCIE), and four presidential candidates from Nicaragua, has increased the national union Vigilance-level organizations and regional organizations clamored for the release of the hostages and warned of the impact on the economy of Nicaragua and the Isthmus due to increased political instability.
In the face of the silence of the Central American Integration System (SICA), the existence of this entity is based on the observation of human rights and the promotion of democracy, development and freedom. The CCIE chaired by Agheri demanded the release of your president.
He also requested that “as an entity, the SICA General Secretariat urgently intervenes to ensure compliance with regional goals and avoid any situation that may affect the principles of the Central American integration system or threaten institutional order.”
The CCIE, created within the framework of regional integration, represents Central American businessmen, organized into 17 federations, 95 chambers of commerce and associations, and more than 50,000 businessmen.
One of these 17 federations (Fecaica, Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Central America and the Dominican Republic, Fecaica) condemned “events in Nicaragua that threatened the country’s development and caused economic, political and social instability”.
Urgent @CCIE_CA Demand the immediate release of its president @jaguerrich And emergency intervention @sg_sica @FEDEPRICAP_CA @fecamco @fuckload @Fecagro @FEDECATURCA @COSEP Nicaragua @COHEPHonduras @fecatrans0214 @OAS_official @ Almagro_OEA2015 @Press Freedom @PublinewsGT pic.twitter.com/8QIqYBnQsG
— CCIE (@CCIE_CA) June 9, 2021
In addition, they warned that “putting the country’s legal certainty at risk will have serious consequences, directly affecting employment and investment, and it is a basic element of the country’s economic recovery and business exchanges in the region.”
Similarly, Cosep stated that through these actions, the country “is putting the country into a deeper political crisis, the consequences of which will erode peace, social and economic stability, which will affect the present and future of all Nicaraguans.” So it was declared. For the “Permanent Conference”, we promised to establish coordination with different sectors of society and work together to build a better Nicaragua.
Central America too
The Union of Chambers and Associations of the Private Business Sector of Costa Rica (Uccaep) expressed solidarity with the people of Nicaragua in a statement and stated that “the deprivation of the freedom of businessmen is an indicator that the process of dialogue and citizen participation is closed. To this end, the country’s authorities and society are urged Open up democratic paths”.
— UCCAEP (@Uccaep) June 10, 2021
The Tica union stated: “Opening communication channels and respecting differences from any trenches is the key to restoring social peace and harmony, and building freedom and support for society.”
For its part, the Honduran Council of Private Enterprises (Cohep), which brings together businessmen from neighboring countries on the northern border, believes that the arrest of presidential candidates “seriously endangers the legitimacy, legitimacy, and fairness of the electoral process that must be promoted.” Supervise the authorities in a democratic, free and transparent manner”.
@COHEPHonduras Strongly condemn the arrest of Lic. José Adán Aguerri, former president @COSEP Nicaragua Yes @FEDEPRICAP_CA In the Republic of Nicaragua and demanded his immediate release. pic.twitter.com/xGI4ab7x2L
-COHEP (@COHEPHonduras) June 10, 2021
Regarding the arrest of Agery, the former chairman of the Federation of Private Entities in Central America, Panama and the Dominican Republic (Fedepricap), they stated that he “has maintained a courageous stance to promote democracy and development in Nicaragua, which he is the target of criticism. And urged him to “release immediately.”
The National Association of Private Enterprises (ANEP) from El Salvador joined the call for “the immediate release of Nicaraguan business leaders who have been arbitrarily detained under illegal procedures and unconstitutional laws due to repression and political persecution.”
-ANEP (@ANEPElSalvador) June 9, 2021
The entity pointed out how the crisis caused by the regime has affected the regional economy, and condemned “the impending severe democratic setbacks that put all Central Americans who desire development, freedom and peace at risk of political, social and investment stability.”
Enrique Egloff, chairman of the Costa Rican Chamber of Industry (ICRC), declared that “a country without freedom, democracy and human rights protection cannot progress, and no one can be indifferent to this situation.
Based on this, the Costa Rican House “rejects these actions and calls on the regime of this sister country to release political prisoners and guarantee an open, free and transparent electoral process. At the same time, the due international observation is not only the credibility of its people, but also the international community”.
“Limiting the rights of candidates, journalists, businessmen and ordinary citizens poses a threat to democracy, legal security, investment, productive development and job creation,” the Costa Rican industrialist’s statement added.
Cosep: Claims are our right
Cosep stated in its statement, “It exists and supports all Nicaraguans whose civil rights have been deprived. We need to be able to freely choose our leaders; as citizens, we have the right to request, demand and audit in order to ensure that the elections are properly transparent. Hold next”.
We demand that all political prisoners be released and citizens’ rights and protections restored. pic.twitter.com/UghUlNwUej
-COSEP Nicaragua (@COSEPNicaragua) June 9, 2021
The entity recalled, “We have the right to condemn the abuse and arbitrariness of Nicaraguans who think differently from the government. This repression must stop because our constitutional rights must be guaranteed. Respecting our rights begins with the release of all political prisoners Restoration of civil rights and guarantees”.
The national business community insists on supporting the “Christiana (Chamorro), Arturo (Cruz), Felix (Maladiaga), Juan Sebastian (Chamorro), Jose Adan (Agheri), Violetta (Granella), Jose Pale, independent media and all detainees” for political reasons. Cosep supports the demands of the Mother of April and political prisoners, as well as the safe return of more than 100,000 exiles; and assumes its commitment to the restoration of peace and democratic institutions in the country.”