The Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Managua, His Exc. Mgr. Silvio Jose Baez, on Friday, December 9 celebrated a Mass to recall the efforts of human rights defenders in Nicaragua.
During his homily, Mgr.
Baez said that "in our Country there is still much to be done for the
promotion and defense of human rights".
On the occasion of Human Rights Day, celebrated in different parts of
the world, the auxiliary Bishop wanted to highlight the many realities
that go against the rights of the population, such as corruption, saying
that this "is an armed robbery against the people".
"Take care of your heart, because we can all be victims of corruption,
ambition, aggression, lack of respect, these are not things that
distinguish a political party, ideology or group, unfortunately we can
all be victims of corruption", reaffirmed Mgr. Baez.
The Bishop then
advised those present not to be afraid and to never lose hope: "Today
there are people who deal with fear, because it is an instrument of
submission, numbness, but we must not be afraid", he said.
"In order to promote human rights, it is urgent to renew the entire
political, legal and social structure of this country" and "one must
redirect the structures of Nicaragua through democracy, pluralism, based
on freedom, justice and respect for human rights".
The Bishop acknowledged that even the achievement of these objectives
are needed to ensure respect for human rights, but believes that "a
solid strong institution and a real democracy, on the basis of authentic
values, can help change the face of society".