The World Forum of the Nicaraguan Diaspora (WFND) will be held in Miami on September 14th and 15th at Florida International University.

ORGANIZATIONAL FRAMEWORK





CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK

EVERY CITIZEN HAS THE RIGHT TO VOTE

Electoral Reform & Right to Vote

The right of expatriates to vote in elections in their country of origin varies depending on the legislation of an expatriate’s country of origin.

However, most of the developed world recognizes their expatriate citizens right to vote. This is of particular importance to small countries with a significant percentage of their population exiled due to persecution, political unrest or civil wars, all of which has occurred more than once in the last generation for Nicaraguans. Therefore, NACD supports the right to vote of exiled Nicaraguan citizens.

INALIENABLE HUMAN RIGHTS

Human Rights

There is no example on earth of a peaceful and prosperous country, built on a foundation of human rights abuses. While there are many examples of impoverished countries suffering from human rights abuses. Civilization demands respect for basic human rights, which only tyrants and despots aspire to reject and only to justify their grip on power. Such has been the case in Nicaragua. Therefore, we stand firmly against violations to basic human rights. They are corrosive to peace and development.

We adhere to the principles delineated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), which state:

Human Rights are  Universal and Inalienable, which means they apply to all people everywhere in the world are entitled to them.

Human Rights are Indivisible,   whether they relate to civil, cultural, economic, political or social issues, human rights are inherent to the dignity of every human person. Consequently, all human rights have equal status, and cannot be positioned in a hierarchical order.

Human Rights are Interdependent and Interrelated  as each one contributes to the realization of a person’s human dignity through the satisfaction of his or her developmental, physical, psychological and spiritual needs. The fulfilment of one right often depends, wholly or in part, upon the fulfilment of others. For instance, fulfilment of the right to health may depend, in certain circumstances, on fulfilment of the right to development, to education or to information.

Equality and Non-discrimination: All individuals are equal as human beings and by virtue of the inherent dignity of each human person. No one, therefore, should suffer discrimination on the basis of race, colour, ethnicity, gender, age, language, sexual orientation, religion, political or other opinion, national, social or geographical origin, disability, property, birth or other status as established by human rights standards.

Participation and Inclusion: All people have the right to participate in and access information relating to the decision-making processes that affect their lives and well-being. ples and other identified groups.

Accountability and Rule of Law: States and other duty-bearers are answerable for the observance of human rights. In this regard, they have to comply with the legal norms and standards enshrined in international human rights instruments. Where they fail to do so, aggrieved rights-holders are entitled to institute proceedings for appropriate redress before a competent court or other adjudicator in accordance with the rules and procedures provided by law.

Individuals, the media, civil society and the international community play important roles in holding governments accountable for their obligation to uphold human rights.

Source: United Nations

INCLUSIVE GROWTH: SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Inclusive Growth

Nations prosper when the forces of creative destruction -inherent in free markets that respect the rule of law- can prevail over monopolies, oligopolies, corruption and/or protectionism that stifles competition and innovation.

Nicaragua exhibits one of the world’s most extreme forms of inequality, which has been exacerbated in recent times and direly needs attention. Through a combination of political, social, and economic factors, growth has been extractive and exclusive, and Nicaragua today ranks as second-to-last in corruption and poverty in the Western Hemisphere.

RESTORING DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS

Rule of Law

The rule of law is a framework of laws and institutions that embodies four universal principles:

  1. Accountability: The government as well as private actors are accountable under the law.
  2. Just Laws: The laws are clear, publicized, stable, and just; are applied evenly; and protect fundamental rights, including the security of persons, contract and property rights, and certain core human rights.
  3. Open Government: The processes by which the laws are enacted, administered, and enforced are accessible, fair, and efficient.
  4. Accessible & Impartial Dispute Resolution: Justice is delivered timely by competent, ethical, and independent representatives and neutrals who are accessible, have adequate resources, and reflect the makeup of the communities they serve.

Source: World Justice Project

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