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The government of Brazil’s center-left president Luis Inacio Lula da Silvawhich has seemed reluctant until now to criticize the Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortegawho has taken an authoritarian turn, will express today — for the first time — her concern about the persecution of his political opponents, according to two sources familiar with her intentions.

He will do it before him United Nations Human Rights Council in Genevaclarified these sources, who contributed to the preparation of the Brazilian position, speaking yesterday Monday to the Reuters news agency.

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Brazil faced criticism for not signing a joint declaration 55 stateswho criticized the government of Mr. Ortegas, while he did not place himself publicly in the Council meeting.

Brazilian diplomats participated in the negotiation of this text, but Brasilia preferred not to adopt it, because it did not leave the door open for dialogue and negotiation.

Alternative text, to be presented by the Brazilian ambassador to the UN agencies in Geneva, the Tovar Nunesreports that Lula’s government is watching with concern the persecution of political opponents of President Ortega, the violation of their rights, their deportations, the deprivation of their citizenship.

At the same time, however, Brasilia wants to maintain open channels of dialogue, stresses that it remains committed to democracy and wants to play a “constructive” role in efforts to resolve crisis in Nicaragua.

The document expresses concern, but does not stonewall anyone, precisely to leave open the possibility of dialogue“, explained one of the sources, confirming that Brazil did not embrace Friday’s declaration because it erases any possibility of mediation and negotiation.

The Brazilian president generally avoids criticizing the left-leaning governments of Nicaragua and Venezuela, traditionally allies of his ruling Workers’ Party (PT).

Today the UN Human Rights Council is considering a report in which “serious and systematic violations” have been committed in Nicaragua, which can be considered crimes against humanity, including arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture and even extrajudicial killings.

The text names president Ortega and his vice president and wife Rosario Murillo directly responsible for the violations.