The Nicaragua Solidarity Fund was recently established via the AFGJ to serve as a people´s reparations fund to the people of Nicaragua given that the United States government refused to accept and comply with the ruling of the International Court of Justice of 1986. The Republic of Nicaragua vs. the United States of America was a case where the International Court of Justice (ICJ) held that the U.S. had violated international by waging war against the Nicaraguan government utilizing the Contras to mine Nicaragua’s harbors as well as kill Nicaraguans and destroy schools, health centers, electric towers and lines (and more).
The case was decided, when the ICJ ruled in favor of Nicaragua and against the United States, to award reparations to Nicaragua. The Court found in its verdict that the United States was "in breach of its obligations under customary international law not to use force against another State," "not to intervene in its affairs," "not to violate its sovereignty", not to interrupt peaceful maritime commerce," and "in breach of its obligations under Article XIX of the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation between the Parties signed at Managua in n 21 January 1956."
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. Nicaragua, when the post FSLN government of Violeta Chamorro was pressured to withdraw the complaint from the court in September 1992, following a repeal of the law which had required the country to seek compensation.
The United States currently continues to violate international Law by placing sanctions against Nicaragua. These sanctions are preventing Nicaragua from accessing new 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.
Nicaragua, in 1986, calculated that the damages to the country were approximately US 17 billion dollars. Thirty-four years of cumulated interests makes the amount due the country more like US 144 billion. It is clear that the United States government will not fulfill its responsibility to the Nicaraguan people.
The Nicaragua Solidarity Fund obviously does not replace the debt owed by the United States, but it is an opportunity for the people of the United States to recognize their government´s responsibility and to assist Nicaragua in responding to the needs of its people, which would not be necessary if the US had fulfilled its moral and economic obligations years ago.
The NSF will be managed by a collective of people based in the US and in Nicaragua, in coordination with AFGJ. Donations made in 2020 will be used to help Nicaraguans deal with the ongoing Covid-19 crisis by supporting the purchase of equipment, medicines, personal protection equipment or other needs identified by the agencies of the Nicaragua government dealing with the crisis, especially the Nicaragua Ministry of Health. Reports will be posted monthly on a special page for the fund on the website of the AFGJ.
An initial appeal was launched by AFGJ when the idea was first presented. A second appeal was made after the death of Tom Baker on May 30th of this year; Tom was a US solidarity activist and member of the Board of AFGJ, who was living in Masaya and was attended in his illness (2 major surgeries) by the public hospital in Masaya. The initial proceeds of the NSF will be donated to that hospital for purchase of PPEs and other things needed to deal with the pandemic.
If you would like to donate by check instead, please make it payable to Alliance for Global Justice with Nicaragua Solidarity Fund in the memo line, and mail to 225 E. 26th Street, Suite 1, Tucson, AZ 85713
Your donation is tax deductible! Nicaragua Solidarity Fund "Padre Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann" is a Project of the Alliance for Global Justice, a 501c3 non profit.
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