Nicaragua

Stunning crackdown on civil society and opposition continues in Nicaragua

As previously reported on the Monitor, an unprecedented crackdown on opposition groups and human rights defenders was carried out by Nicaragua’s authorities in early June 2021. The wave of arrests continued over the month, with more leaders arrested on trumped-up charges. Read more

Stunning crackdown on civil society and opposition continues in Nicaragua

Nicaragua: Four presidential challengers arrested in crackdown on opposition

As previously reported on the CIVICUS Monitor, in May 2021 Nicaraguan authorities began an investigation into former staff members of the Violeta Barrios de Chamorro Foundation, including its former director Cristiana Chamorro, over alleged financial irregularities. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Nicaragua: Four presidential challengers arrested in crackdown on opposition

Police raid news outlet and announce investigation of presidential precandidate in Nicaragua

On 20th May 2021, Nicaraguan police notified the director of the Violeta Barrios de Chamorro Foundation, Cristiana Chamorro, of an investigation against her and against the organisation. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Police raid news outlet and announce investigation of presidential precandidate in 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