Nicaragua

Three years on, human rights abuses continue in Nicaragua

18th April 2021 marked the third anniversary of Nicaragua’s widespread socio-economic protests of 2018, which sparked an enduring human rights crisis. Read more

Three years on, human rights abuses continue in Nicaragua

UN Human Rights Council adopts resolution on human rights in Nicaragua

On 23rd March 2021, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on the promotion and protection of human rights in Nicaragua. Read more

UN Human Rights Council adopts resolution on human rights in Nicaragua

Clandestine protest on International Women’s Day in Nicaragua

About 150 women organised a clandestine demonstration at the campus of the Universidad Centroamericana (Central American University) to commemorate International Women’s Day on 8th March 2021. Read more

Clandestine protest on International Women’s Day in Nicaragua

Government expropriates civil society and media facilities

During the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights presented a report on Nicaragua saying that, when attempting to express their political opinions and defend human rights, people in the country are subjected to “constant, illegitimate and serious restrictions on their rights and freedoms”. Read more

Government expropriates civil society and media facilities

Onslaught of restrictive legislation continues in Nicaragua

On 21st December 2020, Nicaragua’s National Assembly approved a law that may prevent opposition candidates from participating in the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for November 2021. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Onslaught of restrictive legislation continues in Nicaragua

Laws on Foreign Agents and Cybercrimes restrict civic space further in Nicaragua

On 15th October 2020, Nicaragua’s lawmakers approved the “Foreign Agents Law” which expands government powers to control and muzzle civil society. Read more

Laws on Foreign Agents and Cybercrimes restrict civic space further in Nicaragua

Proposed Foreign Agents Law would expand government control over civil society in Nicaragua

On 22nd September 2020, legislators of Nicaragua’s governing party presented a bill that would require individuals, businesses and civil society organisations that receive funding from abroad to register as “foreign agents”. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Proposed Foreign Agents Law would expand government control over civil society in Nicaragua

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights highlights continuing human rights violations

At the 44th session of the Human Rights Council on 2nd July 2020, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, provided an oral update on Nicaragua. Bachelet said her office continues to document persistent human rights violations against those who the government perceives as opponents, including human rights defenders, journalists, social leaders and former political detainees. Read more

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights highlights continuing human rights violations

At least 37 political prisoners in Nicaragua have presented COVID-19 symptoms say CSOs

Human rights and press freedom organisations have denounced that civic space constraints in Nicaragua continue during the pandemic, taking new forms. Lack of reliable information and even disinformation campaigns have been accompanied by continued harassment of defenders, journalists, critical voices and even doctors providing information on COVID-19. Read more

At least 37 political prisoners in Nicaragua have presented COVID-19 symptoms say CSOs

Declining health of convicted HRD concerns family members and human rights organisations

On 30th April 2020, Karla Vanessa Escobar and Wilfredo Brenes Domínguez, two former political prisoners, were detained and charged with alleged drug and arms possession. Read more

Declining health of convicted HRD concerns family members and human rights organisations