Nicaragua Solidarity Fund:
"Padre Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann"
This Solidarity Fund appeal is to print more copies of The Revolution Won’t be Stopped: Nicaragua Advances Despite US Unconventional Warfare, published in July 2020 in order for more Nicaraguans to read the book. The first printing of 150 books in September 2020 was very well received. If we can raise $3,000 we can get 500 books. Scroll down to donate.
There have been two appeals to date. The first, for $2,400 to purchase personal protective equipment for a Masaya public hospital at the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. The appeal was made in the memory of a long-time solidarity activist, Tom Baker, who died May 30th 2020 in Masaya and was cared for by the hospital during his final months. A second appeal was for Hurricane ETA and IOTA relief and reconstruction efforts on the north Caribbean Coast. AFGJ/Nicaragua Network sent $27,500 to SINAPRED, the country´s award-winning disaster prevention and mitigation agency.
The Nicaragua Solidarity Fund, established in 2020 via the AFGJ, is an opportunity for US citizens to support the needs of the Nicaraguan people at a time when the United States continues to violate international law by placing sanctions against Nicaragua. These sanctions, over the past several years, prevented Nicaragua from accessing concessional loans, grants or debt relief from multilateral sources such as the World Bank, the Interamerican Development Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. Economic sanctions are against international law and are especially repugnant as well as illegal at a time of an international pandemic.
The United States still has the moral responsibility to comply with the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of 1986. The Republic of Nicaragua vs. the United States of America was a case where the ICJ held that the U.S. had violated international law by waging war against the Nicaraguan government utilizing the Contras to mine the harbors as well as kill Nicaraguans and destroy schools, health centers, electric towers and lines (and more). The ICJ ruled in favor of Nicaragua and against the United States awarding reparations to Nicaragua. The United States refused to participate in the proceedings after the Court rejected its argument that the ICJ lacked jurisdiction to hear the case. The U.S. also blocked enforcement of the judgment by the United Nations Security Council and thereby prevented Nicaragua from obtaining any compensation. The US pressured the post FSLN government of Violeta Chamorro to withdraw the complaint from the court in 1992.
In 1986 the damages to Nicaragua were calculated at approximately $US17 billion dollars. Thirty-four years of cumulated interests makes the amount due the country more like $US144 billion. Although the Nicaragua Solidarity Fund does not replace the debt owed by the US, it is an opportunity for US citizens to recognize their government´s responsibility and to assist Nicaragua in responding to the needs of its people.
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