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- Subject: Artículos de La Prensa y Nuevo Diario
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2001 09:14:46 -0800
From: Jill Winegardner
La Prensa - Nacionales - Procuraduría reconoce que Gobernación violentó
derechos de cooperante norteamericana:
El Nuevo Diario -- "Violan derechos de Dorotea Granada":
Paul Jeffrey writes:
"Jill: Here's the piece I did about Dorothy. My original was about 40
percent longer, this is what survived the editors. ENI is the news
agency of the World Council of Churches, and is picked up by most
religious press around the world and a lot of secular press in Europe.
Thanks for your help. Paul"
Ecumenical News International
Daily News Service
10 January 2001
Nicaraguan police force US nurse
to halt her work and go into hiding
By Paul Jeffrey
Managua, 10 January (ENI)--While Nicaraguan government agents
and police search desperately for her throughout the country, a
70-year-old nurse from the United States is spending her days
"just being quiet and praying".
Dorothy Granada went into hiding in the early hours of 8
December shortly before 15 soldiers armed with machine guns
surrounded her house in Mulukuku, a remote jungle village 150
kilometres north-east of Nicaragua's capital, Managua. Since then
she has remained in hiding, provoking the anger of the government
while receiving support from church groups and human rights
organisations around the world.
Granada arrived in war-torn Mulukuku in 1990 and opened a clinic
to serve the area's 30 000 residents. An Episcopalian, she and
her clinic are supported by a network of Protestant churches in
the United States.
On 14 November, Nicaragua's President Arnoldo Aleman announced
that the government would investigate the clinic, which is part
of a women's co-operative. Aleman sent ministry of health
investigators to Mulukuku, where they seized patients' records
and ordered the partial closure of the clinic. He claimed that
Granada performed abortions, which are illegal in this country,
and provided political support to the opposition Sandinista
National Liberation Front, which, after a revolution in 1979,
held power in Nicaragua until 1990.
Four days after troops failed to arrest her on 8 December
(Granada had been warned of the troops' arrival in the village),
interior minister Jose Marenco ordered her deportation. The
clinic was closed down, and several government agencies began
charging Granada with crimes ranging from providing assistance to
armed rebels to using illegally-cut wood in the co-operative's
Granada is receiving vocal support here and abroad. A Managua
judge ruled that the government had denied her an opportunity to
defend herself against the charges. The Nicaraguan National
Assembly's human rights commission has begun hearings on her
treatment by the government.
A legal defence fund has been set up by St Boniface Episcopal
Church in Sarasota, Florida, in the US.
Several US Congress members have drafted a letter to Aleman
demanding he respect Granada and her work.
The US Embassy here has offered its support and Amnesty
International has issued an international alert about Granada.
In an interview with ENI, Granada said that she was
"embarrassed" by the attention that she had received in the past
month. "One day I'm just doing my work, taking care of my
patients, scrubbing the clinic, counting pills, and the next day
I'm in hiding. It's terrible," said Granada, who requested that
her whereabouts not be revealed.
The elderly fugitive admitted she had been depressed and ill for
days after eluding her captors, but said she now felt "better",
and was "very clear about what the issues are and what I have to
Granada vehemently denied the accusations against her.
"They accuse me of political proselytism, but what I do is
educate the women about their rights, their human and civic
rights, their rights as women. I talk to patients about their
right to health under the Nicaraguan constitution. I urge them to
use this right and support people that are concerned for the
health of the poor. I never tell them to support a particular
party," Granada told ENI. "We're trying to provide integral
health care, so you can't just hand out pills. Rights are an
essential part of health."
Granada also rejected Aleman's accusation that she had treated
only Sandinista patients.
"All the people come to our clinic. I've treated many former
Contras [US-backed guerrillas opposed to the Sandinistas].
I saved the life of one Contra chieftain who then went
back to the mountains to continue doing horrible things,"
she said. "We've treated people with total impartiality
in all our programmes. If we build 100 houses or dig 100
latrines, at least half of those go to former Contra
families. The only way we can bring peace and reconciliation to
the countryside is to be totally non-partisan in providing
She also denied the charge that abortions were performed at the
clinic. "This is a vicious and totally untrue accusation," said
Granada. "It would be the kiss of death in a Catholic country
like this. It's illegal. We have absolutely never performed an
Granada told of a 15-year-old girl who had been gang-raped and
came to the clinic seeking an abortion. "We begged her not to
look for an abortion because it's illegal and people who practise
abortions are untrained and work in unsanitary conditions,"
Granada said, adding that they had aided the girl with literacy
training and by helping her to set up a small business after she
had given birth.
"She's an example of how we deal with women who ask for
abortions. We absolutely do not do them," Granada said.
Granada admitted that she had given food and medical care to
members of a dissident insurgent group after they disarmed in
1997. She said she did so after the Red Cross requested her
Aleman's attacks against her were politically motivated, she
said, adding that the government was "trying to destroy anything
that smells of the Sandinistas because it wants to stay in
Granada claimed that going into hiding had been a learning
experience. "What I'm experiencing now is the cost of standing on
the side of the poor against people who really despise the poor,"
she said. "It's a lesson for me in solidarity. This is what the
people suffer. And worse, they're tortured and killed. I hope
that doesn't happen to me. I don't want to be a martyr. I just
want to go back to work. But I am learning something as a
Christian. Look what they did to Jesus. Why do I think I should
get off easy?"
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Commission acknowledges that Ministry of Internal Affairs violated rights
of North American co-op partner
- Subject: La Prensa translation
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2001 22:17:28 -0800
From: Jill Winegardner
By Mariela Ocón Rodríguez (La Prensa, January 16, 2001)
The Commission for the Defense of Human Rights has determined that
Minister of Internal Affairs José Marenco Cardenal violated the human
rights of Mrs. Dorothy Virginia Granada, "by not giving her a hearing or
informing her of the accusations against her, constituting violation of
the right of due process, which is to say, a violation of her rights as a
According to the Ombudsman Benjamin Pérez, his decision followed his
office's investigations of Mrs. Dorothy Granada, 70 years of age, who had
been accused of political proselytizing, performing abortions, and
protecting irregular elements of the Andrés Castro United Front (FUAC).
Pérez said that after listening to the accusing parties and making on-site
investigations, he recommended "immediate correction of present and future
effects that infringe on the rights of the North American nurse."
In his decision, the Ombudsman set a period of five days for Minister Jose
Marenco Cardenal to notify the Human Rights office of the measures that
will be adopted to reinstate the rights of Ms. Granada.
After pointing out that the Ministry of Internal Affairs must not ignore
the decision, Pérez said he hoped the nurse's rights would be quickly
reinstated so that residents of Mulukukú will not be left without care.
Ana Quirós, a member of the Coordinadora Civíl (a network of civic
organizations), expressed hope that the finding in Dorothy Granada's case
will bring an end to repressive actions against Non-Governmental
Organizations (NGOs) Furthermore, she said, there should be a respectful
attitude and recognition of the work that these groups are carrying on.
Jill & Others,
Some of you may be looking these up on your own, but since I know how
hard it is sometimes to pull up these pages, I'll send them on to you.
Links to two articles in today's La Prensa.
Nicaraguan Government Caught in Lie
|For Immediate Release
January 3, 2001
Contact: Jill Winegardner, Gerry Condon
831/ 768-7004, 831/ 768-1556
Accusations that U.S. Nurse Performed Abortion Proven False
[Se puede encontrar un artículo en español sobre este historia
The Nicaraguan government's case against a U.S. nurse accused of performing
abortions suffered an embarrassing setback today when Managua newspapers
gave prominent coverage to a healthy one year old child which the
government claimed had been aborted. It was only the latest twist in a
story which has been the top news item in Nicaragua for over a month.
Dorothy Granada, a U.S. nurse, who for 11 years has been directing a
women's health clinic in rural Nicaragua, remains in hiding to avoid the
government's attempts to arrest and deport her. The clinic she directed in
Mulukuku, a poor village in central Nicaragua, has been closed down. And
women's groups, human rights groups and health advocates in Nicaragua, the
U.S. and internationally are calling on the Nicaraguan government to
reverse its actions against Granada and the clinic.
In order to bolster its case, the Nicaraguan government published a full
page paid ad in Managua's leading newspapers on December 26th. The ad,
titled "The Truth About Dorothy Granada," claimed the 70-year-old nurse
told her patients they should vote for the leftist Sandinista Party and
that she also performed abortions. It included a sworn statement about
one woman's abortion, purported to have taken place one year ago. But the
government's story began to unravel dramatically when that same woman
appeared at a Managua press conference yesterday with her one year old baby
in her arms. The woman, Elba Rojas Hernandez, categorically denied the
The press conference was held at the Managua offices of the Nicaraguan
Center for Human Rights, whose director, Vilma Nuñez de Escorcia, accused
the Ministry of the Interior (Gobernación) with violating the human rights
of Mrs. Rojas. "With its efforts to denigrate the work of Dorothy, [the
ministry] is fabricating and inventing facts," said Vilma Nuñez. "This
false testimony contains the implication of a punishable crime, abortion,
and is committing outrage against the honor of a person."
A Nicaraguan judge ruled on December 14th that the Nicaraguan government
had acted illegally in its attempts to deport Dorothy Granada because it
had not granted her a hearing and had violated her due process rights. An
appeals court is currently reviewing the case and may rule as early as next
The case gained international attention when Amnesty International issued
an urgent alert calling for pressure on the Nicaraguan government to ensure
the rights of the U.S. nurse, and the U.S. Embassy in Managua has been
discussing the situation with Nicaraguan authorities.
The Women's Clinic in Mulukuku is supported by a network of churches and
medical professionals in the United States who have generated hundreds of
phone calls and faxes to the Nicaraguan and U.S. governments calling for an
end to the persecution of Granada and the clinic.
"This whole situation is really incredible," said Dr. Jill Winegardner, who
has visited the Women's Clinic in Mulukuku several times. "Nicaragua is
the second poorest nation in the hemisphere. Those who are providing
health care for poor women and children should not be persecuted."
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Dear Carolyn (Scarr of EPI),
- Subject: WPKN on Dorothy on KPFA!
Date: Mon, 1 Jan 2001 23:17:49 -0800 (PST)
From: Barbara Deutsch
If only BA-cesi could be as effectively organized as the support for Dorothy!
I'm sure it's on Dorothy's website [No, but now it is!], but thought you might wish me to notify
you that on tonight's news on KPFA, Anthony Fest played a very good
from WPKN in Bridgeport, Connecticut, about Dorothy and the clinic,
including an interview with Dorothy. In case you wish to alert people
listen to it, or to tape it, KFCF keeps a 24-hour archive of
To hear it, go to www.kfcf.org/archives and click on the "audio
archives" link on the left side of the web page; scroll down the page
find the 6 p.m. block, and click on it -- within 24 (or 25) hours of the
original broadcast (tonight between 6 and 6:30). If you have an MP3
(e.g., RealPlayer or Windows Media Player) I am told it should
automatically launch and play.
[Many thanks! to:]
1919 19th Street
San Francisco 94107
ph 415 641-7538
SANTA CRUZ SENTINAL Saturday, December 23,2000
launch Web site
Former Santa Cruz
nurse Dorothy Gra-
nada's fight against the Nicaraguan government
has gone virtual. Her Santa Cruz supporters
just launched a Web site to coordinate their
efforts and keep abreast of changes in her
Dorothy Granada Web site is located
at http//:www.peacehost.net/Dorothy and
includes background n the case and recent
calls for action.
Granada, a Santa Cruz resident in the 1880s,
started a health clinic in a remote Nicaraguan
jungle community 150 miles from the capital
Managua in 1990. In November, Nicaraguan
President Arnoldo Alemáan called for the clo-
sure of the clinic and Granada's deportation.
He's accused her of helping his political oppo-
sition and performing abortions, which are
illegal there. She has denied the charges and
is in hiding, vowing to stay and reopen the
Letter published in El Nuevo Diario, Dec. 24, 2000
- Subject: Message from the women of Mulukuku
Date: Tue, 26 Dec 2000 18:15:42 -0800
Message from the women of Mulukuku to the Minister of Health
Esteemed Mariangeles Arguello, Minister of Health:
This Christmas in Mulukuku there is much rain, mud, and mosquitoes.
Malaria and dengue pursue us. Nor does the Christ Child hear our pleas for
the life of our community. They have unjustly closed the only clinic in
the zone, saying it has not been approved by the Ministry of Health. But
our cooperative has many letters sent to us by your ministry as proof of
the coordination established between the cooperative and the hospitals.
There are many instances of this. Even though, it is already known that
the harassment of the Maria Luisa Ortiz Cooperative, the closing of the
clinic and the persecution of the nurse Dorothy Granada have been an
excessive reaction of the president.
So far this is how the government remembers the people of Mulukuku and its
surrounding areas, not by surprising us with a Christmas present of
medicines for the Central Salud in Mulukuku as the President had promised
on November 14th, but by closing the clinic of the women's cooperative.
These women, including Dorothy, have saved lives while attending to more
than 22,000 persons who have no other alternative.
Mariangeles, as women we beg you to listen to our voice and act with
justice and sincerity, because the ones who pay the cost of Arnoldo
Aleman's outburst are humble persons without another way for the health of
our families and our community.
We await your positive response,
The Women of Mulukuku
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