Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Votes to Condemn Ortega’s Regime and Violence in Nicaragua

Jul 25, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON ­­– Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after the House passed H. Res. 981, which condemns the violence, persecution, intimidation, and murders committed by the Government of Nicaragua against its citizens. Diaz-Balart joined 10 bipartisan colleagues in co-sponsoring this resolution.

“Ortega and his thugs must be held accountable for their reprehensible actions against the Nicaraguan people who suffer under escalating violence, crime, and repression.  Human rights groups estimate that more than 300 innocent Nicaragüenses have been killed, many of whom are students.  Despite Ortega’s protestations to the contrary, the world sees the truth of egregious human rights abuses, oppression, and media censorship occurring in Nicaragua. Ortega, and his thugs, must be held accountable for their crimes.”

Diaz-Balart has staunchly opposed the violence in Nicaragua and condemned Ortega’s regime for its actions. On June 5, Diaz-Balart and 11 bipartisan, bicameral Members of Congress sent a letter to President Trump asking him to hold Francisco Lopez and Francisco Diaz accountable under the Global Magnitsky Act for their involvement in the human rights abuses, corruption, and illicit activities in Nicaragua.