They denounced that the Nicaraguan regime broke records in human rights violations during 2022
A report from the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights denounced that it was the year with the most closures of non-governmental organizations and an exodus never seen before in the Nicaraguan history
Dr. Vilma Núñez, president of the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH) faces police repressing opposition activity, in a file image (Photo courtesy of La Prensa)
The regime of Nicaraguaheaded by former Sandinista guerrilla Daniel Ortega broke records in terms of human rights violations in 2022, according to a report by the Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Raza e Equality) released this Monday.
“2022 closed as the year with the most closures of non-governmental organizations and an exodus never seen before in the history of Nicaragua,” said Raza e Igualdad in the report sent to the news agency EFE.
This international NGO, which works with counterparts and local activists in Latin America, also indicated that 2022 “is the second year with the most cases of people deprived of liberty for political reasons (more than 225) in the context of the sociopolitical and human rights crisis” that Nicaragua has been experiencing since April 2018, only surpassed by the 674 cases registered that year.
He observed that last December the Nicaraguan authorities allowed three visits by their relatives to the people imprisoned in “El Chipote”, where the Directorate of Judicial Assistance works, “which could be interpreted as a sign of the lack of of the will to free the political prisoners.”
On the other hand, Raza e Igualdad warned that more than 3,000 NGOs operating in Nicaragua, the vast majority local, have been annulled by the Ortega regime.
“The regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo, through the Ministry of the Interior and the National Assembly -dominated by the FSLN (Sandinista National Liberation Front-), continues to implement its scorched earth policy regarding the freedom of association”, indicated that NGO.
It specified that in 2022, “the regime stripped 3,108 non-profit organizations of their legal status, for a total of 3,182 NGOs closed since November 2018″, six months after the sociopolitical crisis that Nicaragua is experiencing broke out.
“These massive cancellations by NGOs have left population groups that have historically been discriminated against, such as youth, children and women victims of violence, indigenous peoples and Afro-descendants, among others, in a vulnerable situation,” he warned.
That NGO mentioned that humanitarian organizations have called on the Human Rights Council to renew the mandate of the “Group of Experts on Human Rights of Nicaragua,” arguing that the “climate of oppressionit has intensified as a result of the existence of a “systematic effort to quell opponents and dissidents”.
In April 2018, thousands of Nicaraguans took to the streets to protest controversial social security reforms, which later became a demand for Ortega's resignation as he responded with force.
The protests left at least 355 dead according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), although Nicaraguan organizations put the number at 684 and the Ortega regime recognizes more than 300.
Nicaragua has been experiencing a political and social crisis since April 2018, which has been accentuated after the controversial general elections of November 7, 2021, in which Ortega was re-elected for a fifth term, fourth consecutive and second with his wife, Rosario Murillo, as vice president, with his main contenders in prison or in exile lio.
(With information from EFE)