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Repression in Nicaragua: Ortega Attacks Opposition in Run-up to Election

July 13, 2021

In advance of a presidential election scheduled for November 7, the Nicaraguan regime led by Daniel Ortega and his wife and vice president, Rosario Murillo, has engaged in an unprecedented and violent crackdown: 6 opposition candidates have been arrested and their whereabouts remain unknown. Additional arrests include nearly two dozen political, business, student, and civil society leaders, along with former high-ranking Sandinista officials.

In a new video produced by the Latin American Program, Nicaraguan journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Human Rights Watch/Americas Director José Miguel Vivanco, former President of Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla, and US Acting Assistant Secretary of State Julie Chung describe Nicaragua's escalating repression and the stakes for the international community.


Antes de las elecciones presidenciales programadas para el 7 de noviembre, el régimen nicaragüense liderado por Daniel Ortega y su esposa y vicepresidenta, Rosario Murillo, ha emprendido una represión violenta y sin precedentes: 6 candidatos de la oposición han sido arrestados y se desconoce su paradero. Otros arrestos incluyen a casi dos docenas de líderes políticos, empresariales, estudiantiles y de la sociedad civil, junto con ex funcionarios sandinistas de alto rango.

En un nuevo video producido por el Programa Latinoamericano, el periodista nicaragüense Carlos Fernando Chamorro, la Alta Comisionada de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos Michelle Bachelet, el director de la División de las Américas de Human Rights Watch José Miguel Vivanco, la ex presidenta de Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla y la Subsecretaria interina de la Oficina de Asuntos del Hemisferio Occidental del Departamento de Estado Julie Chung describen la creciente represión en Nicaragua y lo que está en juego para la comunidad internacional.

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