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US Embassy prohibits its officials and temporary visitors from leaving Managua for 72 hours

The United StatesEmbassy in Managua issued on Thursday, March 5, an alert prohibiting embassy workers and temporary visitors in the country from leaving their residences or hotels for the next 72 hours: otherwise, they will need a special permit, as reported by the United...

In the face of crimes against women, there is only community support, feminists say

In the first 30 days of 2020, at least 6 women have been killed. To this must be added the 63 femicides that occurred in 2019 and that are part of the 647 cases registered in the last 10 years. Unprotected … women seeking justice Currently,...

Nicaraguan Migrants Travel South After Northern Neighbors Tighten Borders

The ongoing socio-political crisis in Nicaragua has caused large numbers of Nicaraguans to migrate to neighboring nations in Latin America. Similar to Costa Rica, Panama is facing numerous issues related to the influx of Nicaraguan migrants. Photo UN Migration According to Panamanian Director of the National...

Nicaragua Restaurants Suffering the Crisis

As of November 30th, the restaurant and bar association registered a drop of between 20% and 50% in its sales, and they do not foresee any major changes in the coming months. The Cámara Nicaragüense de Restaurantes y Similares (Canires). – Nicaraguan Chamber of Restaurants...

Pompeo: U.S. will maintain pressure on Ortega “until liberties are restored” in Nicaragua

U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, highlighted on Monday the pressure exerted by the Trump administration on the administration of President Daniel Ortega in Nicaragua, which has been the target of several sanctions for human rights violations. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “The United States...

Water Becomes a Symbol of Struggle in Nicaragua

A new symbol of struggle was born in the immediacy of social networks. These are water bottles, which for the self-organized movement represents solidarity and resistance. Social networks users have viralize illustrations and artworks to show solidarity with 16 activists arrested for bringing water to...

Uncertainty Discourages Investments in Nicaragua

Between the first semester of 2018 and the same period of 2019, the flows of Foreign Direct Investment reaching the country decreased by 25%, a decrease that is explained by the uncertainty that predominates among businessmen, derived from the political and economic crisis. According to...

Former FM: Daniel Ortega Hopes the World Will Forget Nicaragua

Along with the normalization policy that the Ortega Murillo regime tries to impose within the country, there would also have to be a normalization at the international level, in which the goal would be to make the world—especially the Americas—forget about the tragedy and...

Nicaragua police clash with protesters

The four express pickets that took place last Saturday in Managua, despite the immense police and paramilitary deployment, represent the only form of pressure that Nicaraguans have to fight for “the rights confiscated” by the Ortega dictatorship, according to Juan Sebastián Chamorro , executive...

Nicaraguan professionals seek safety in Costa Rica

Doctors, lawyers and professors are among professionals forced to flee their homeland for doing their jobs, applying for asylum in neighbouring Costa Rica when anti-government protests broke out in Nicaragua in 2018. Nicaragua lawyer and rights activist Braulio Abarca, 28, pictured at a church in...

The crisis has also impacted the sex lives of Nicaraguans

We can’t talk about human beings without mentioning sex, much less in times of crisis. In fact, the first thing that gets lost at these times is the urge to “make love” or as we would say more directly: the urge to have sex. Confidencial...

Nicaraguan Army In Line With Ortega’s Version Of An Attempted Coup

The head of the Nicaraguan Army, General Julio César Avilés Castillo, for the first time made his position publicly clear, in line with the official discourse, he considers the civil protests an attempted coup against the Daniel Ortega. President Daniel Ortega described the speech of...

“There Is No Religious Freedom, We Feel Persecuted”: Nicaragua Bishop

Monsignor Juan Abelardo Mata, bishop of Estelí, 73 years old, is famous for being the most hard-line bishop of the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua.  He has spent all his life harshly criticizing anything remotely suggesting Marxism-Leninism. Juan Abelardo Mata, Bishop of Esteli, Nicaragua and Secretary...

Exiled journalists in Costa Rica continue to report on Nicaragua

For over 20 years, prominent Nicaraguan journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro (pictured below) has reported on the political ups and downs in his country. Today, the 63-year-old continues to cover current affairs in his home country only now he does so from across the border...

Daniel Ortega’s most wanted: Nicaragua’s exiles in Costa Rica

Forty years ago, Daniel Ortega and his wife Rosario Murillo hid together in safe houses around Costa Rica’s capital while waiting for the imminent fall of the Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza. Nicaraguan students Carlos, 21, Moises, 19, Cristopher, 19, and Randol, 30, at the house...

OAS will give Ortega a chance to negotiate a way out of the crisis

In one of the many curves that there is on the road that connects the municipality of Rionegro with the city of Medellín, a big billboard stands tall with little to do with Colombia. “In Nicaragua, crimes against humanity were committed. No more impunity.”...

Daniel Ortega using talks to buy time, retain power

A new report suggests Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is more interested in “buying time and staving off further sanctions” than in genuine reconciliation, despite the government’s recent release of all political prisoners held since Nicaragua’s April 2018 uprising. 11 June 2019, Nicaragua, Managua: Yubrank Suazo...

Ortega regime releases all political prisoners under its Amnesty Law

.This Tuesday morning the Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo regime continued the release of their political prisoners that started on Monday, June 10, some now under their self-Amnesty Law imposed with a rubber stamp from the National Assembly on Saturday, June 8. Nicaraguan-Costa Rican journalist...

Amnesty law sparks fear of whitewash over protest crackdown

(Reuters) – Nicaragua’s government on Friday proposed an amnesty law that would free prisoners detained in protests against President Daniel Ortega, but which opponents fear will also limit scope to investigate the state for its crackdown on demonstrators. Amnesty Law threatens to imprison political prisoners...

NICARAGUA: Law of “forgiveness” falsifies the truth about the crimes of the dictatorship

TODAY NICARAGUA - Claudia Paz y Paz, who was part of the Grupo Interdisciplinario de Expertos Independientes (GIEI) – Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts, maintains that the Law of Integral Attention to Victims (the so-called “forgiveness” law or ley del “perdón” in Spanish) of...

Sergio Ramirez: I See No Future for the Ortega Regime

For the award-winning Nicaraguan writer Sergio Ramirez Mercado, the Ortega dictatorship makes a “futile” effort to gain time in negotiations with the Civic Alliance, because time is gained when there is a future, but the regime has “none” and is heading to its end....

Supreme Electoral Council Negligent With the Renewal or Replacement of Cedulas

Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council (CSE) or the National Assembly have issued a communiqué to formalize that cedulas (identity cards) with no expiry date will no longer be accepted by the financial system and other public or private institutions. Nor has it been confirmed to...

While the world is distracted by Venezuela, repression continues in Nicaragua

May 3 was World Press Freedom Day, and nowhere is that date more significant than at the Managua, Nicaragua, offices of La Prensa, the redoubtable 93-year-old newspaper that has stood up to dictatorships in that country since the days of the Somoza family dynasty. Police...

The Paper War of Daniel Ortega: Nicaragua, on the verge of running out of its main newspapers

At six in the afternoon, the La Prensa press is a huge sleeping monster. The Goss Urbanite, with almost 50 years of life, the printing press that takes up an entire plant remains in quiet. In the background, a score of paper rolls are...

Ortega Murillo Regime Is Now Evangelical?

After declaring the Catholic Church an enemy, the Ortega Murillo left the Catholic masses and now go to evangelical cults, in an effort to reach another segment of the population and improve their image, analysts say. Reyna Rueda the “Orteguista” Mayor of Managua and Laureano...

Sanctions, Bancorp and the Ortega Family Wealth

One of the most noteworthy news items of the last few days has been the United States government’s imposition of sanction on the presidential couple’s son and on the Ortega family’s bank, known as BANCORP (Banco Corporativo) and the closure of said bank by...

A year into sociopolitical crisis, thousands of Nicaraguans continue to flee

Despite having little interest in politics, Manuel* found himself caught up in the violence and persecution that erupted in Nicaragua a year ago, after the government cracked down on street protests. Andrea, a pregnant asylum-seeker from Nicaragua, used an improvised kitchen after arriving in Costa...

One year into Nicaragua crisis, more than 55,000 Seek Refuge In Costa Rica

(UNHCR) April 16, 2019 - A year into Nicaragua’s political and social crisis, an estimated 62,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries, with the vast majority - some 55,500 – seeking refuge in Costa Rica. Many – in what is overwhelmingly a refugee flow –...

One year after Nicaraguan uprising, Ortega is back in control

One year ago, Nicaragua’s government was on the verge of collapse.  Protests against President Daniel Ortega exploded nationwide on April 19, 2018 after the government quietly passed a tax on retirees’ pension checks. Demonstrators barricaded highways and main roads, paralyzing Nicaragua’s economy. By May 2018,...

Nicaraguan boy, aged two, struck in throat by bullet, seeks asylum at U.S. border

MATAMOROS, Mexico (Univision News) – William Gonzalez, Meylin Rugama and their two-year-old son William, have spent weeks living in a makeshift camp at one end of the international bridge in Matamoros. William González (r), Meylin Rugama (l) and their infant son, William, aged two. Photo:...

Daniel Ortega: From Revolutionary To Tyrant

Nicaraguan writer and freedom fighter Gioconda Belli on the transformation of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega in her article published on the International Politics and Society website, ips-journal.eu. President Daniel Ortega waves to supporters In mid-March, over 100 people were arrested in Managua during anti-government protests. In...

The Sanchez Sisters: Imprisoned and Tortured in Nicaragua for Protesting

By Keyling T. Romero (Confidencial) – On her knees in a preventive holding cell at the infamous El Chipote interrogation jail, Yolanda Sanchez Moraga thought about her twelve-year-old daughter, while a guard threatened to cut off her hands and to give her over to...

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