These are mostly religious and evangelical organizations. The measure was repudiated by the opposition and the international community, including the UN
The Nicaraguan regime banned 100 NGOs in the country (EFE)
The regime of Daniel Ortega announced this Friday the suspension of activities of 100 non-profit organizations in the country. Most of them are religious and evangelical NGOs.
So far this year, they already have 2,600 the entities that were blocked in the country, as a result of the repression promoted by the Ortega regime.
Among the last 100 that ceased operations, only two are foreign: the Roblealto Branch Association -from Costa Rica- and the Missionary Ministry Mission of the Seventy -from the United States-. The remaining 98 are national and both religious and social in nature, among which the Association of Abandoned Children of Nicaragua stands out.
The Nicaraguan regime persecutes both national and foreign NGOs (REUTERS)
The newspaper La Prensa reported that the NGO Association of Christian Theologians were also affected by this measure; the Bethlehem Missionary Church Association; the European Foundation for Solidarity between Peoples and the Granada Association of Musicians, Singer-Songwriters, Arrangers and Similar.
These actions are possible since the General Law of Regulation and Control of Non-Profit Organizations delegates in the hands of the Executive -in charge of Daniel Ortega- the measures on both foreign and national organizations. All this is done through the Ministry of the Interior and without the need for a parliamentary procedure.
In any case, regardless of who is in charge of signing these orders, their character and the arguments that support them remain the same, since the ruling party accuses these NGOs of irregularities of an administrative nature -mainly of not reporting their financial situation or of not renewing their boards of directors-.
The blocking of these organizations was repudiated by the opposition < /b>local as well as the international community, including the UN, who questioned this campaign and warned that it is part of a wave of repression that began after the 2018 protests and was reinforced in the months prior to the 2021 elections.
The international community and the local opposition condemned the persecution promoted by the Ortega regime (REUTERS)
The delicate situation in Nicaragua
In this sense, the Organization of American States (OAS) Last month, in the “Resolution on the political and human rights crisis in Nicaragua”, approved during the LII General Assembly, it requested the Nicaraguan regime to “cease all violent action” against the population of its country and to “fully restore the rights civic and political rights, religious freedoms and the rule of law” in the territory.
In addition to denouncing these persecutions, the International Alliance for Religious Freedom or Belief expressed concern over Nicaragua's “continued” failure to meet its international human rights obligations, and condemned the “hostility, discrimination and persecution” in the country – specifically “those related to the Catholic Church”.
For its part, the Inter-American Press Association set off the alarms about the situation of professionals in the field in the country. During the 78th General Assembly, the organization presented a document in which it denounced that “Daniel Ortega's dictatorship continues to relentlessly sweep away all vestiges of freedom of the press” and recalled that, since coming to power, the Sandinista regime “confiscated the facilities of La Prensa, closed the CNN en Español signal, closed several radio stations of the Catholic Church and canceled the operations of hundreds of non-governmental organizations.”< /p>
The Inter-American Press Association raised the alarm about the situation of professionals in the field in the country
Finally, the study detailed that, together with Venezuela and Cuba, Nicaragua obtained one of the worst press freedom indexes in the Americas, ranking 22nd >.
(With information from Euro pa Press)