Dora María Téllez is nominated for an international award for her defense of democracy in Nicaragua

The former Sandinista guerrilla and political prisoner Dora Maria Tellez is nominated for the René Cassin Human Rights Award, which is awarded by the Basque Government to natural or legal persons who stand out for their commitment, promotion, defense and dissemination of human rights.

The opposition leader’s candidacy was presented by the Spanish section of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILFP), for her political career and defense of women’s rights and democracy in Nicaragua.

“With this candidacy we want to recognize the personal and professional career of this extraordinary woman, who has played a key role in defending women’s rights and democracy in Nicaragua,” the organization said.

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“We also want to give visibility to the situation of people who, like Dora María (Téllez), have been sentenced without due process and are suffering from lack of protection and violation of their fundamental rights. Dora María Téllez’s commitment and her courage make her worthy of this recognition. We trust that it will be possible and that this award will help to free her », details the text that accompanies the invitation to vote.

Dora María Téllez was violently and arbitrarily detained on June 13, 2021. In parallel, the Ortega Police arrested other leaders of the Unión Democrática Renovadora (Unamos), including Víctor Hugo Tinoco, Ana Margarita Vijil, Suyen Barahona and Hugo Torres, who died under police guard on February 12, 2022.

This Tuesday, November 9, the hostage of the dictatorship celebrates 514 days of captivity in inhuman and torture conditions. Téllez was sentenced to eight years in prison for allegedly “conspiring to undermine national integrity.”

One vote for Tellez

The work of Dora María Téllez is recognized internationally and the voting cycle for the René Cassin award ends this November 9 at 12:00 p.m. Spain time. The contest enabled this platform for citizens to support the candidacies.

The Ortega regime sentenced Dora María Téllez to 8 years in prison. Photo: Courtesy

The René Cassin Award was created in 2003, by the Basque Government, whose delivery ceremony takes place on December 10 of each year, coinciding with International Human Rights Day.

The award is made in memory of D. René Cassin, born in Bayonne on October 5, 1887. The tragic experience of World War I marked him deeply, becoming a resolute defender of former combatants and victims of war.

René Cassin was the main inspirer of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 and played an essential role in the elaboration of the European Convention on Human Rights of 1950. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1968 for his tireless fight in favor of Human Rights, dedicated the award to the creation of the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

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Dora María Téllez is nominated for an international award for her defense of democracy in Nicaragua