Nicaragua

MANAGUA, Nicaragua | Arbitrary arrests, abuse the new norm in Nicaragua

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — The 21-year-old agricultural economics student, nearly two months pregnant, had hoped to escape Nicaragua with her boyfriend, but a police officer on a motorcycle blocked their path as they were getting into taxis with other students to go to a safe house. Five police trucks loaded with masked and armed men dressed … Continue reading MANAGUA, Nicaragua | Arbitrary arrests, abuse the new norm in Nicaragua

PENAS BLANCAS, Nicaragua | UN calls on neighbors to receive those fleeing Nicaragua

PENAS BLANCAS, Nicaragua — Thousands of people are fleeing political violence and rights violations in Nicaragua following a violent crackdown on anti-government protests. The Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights called on other nations Tuesday to help Costa Rica, which has been flooded with thousands of requests for asylum. Giulia Mortrones said … Continue reading PENAS BLANCAS, Nicaragua | UN calls on neighbors to receive those fleeing Nicaragua

WASHINGTON | White House condemns violence in Nicaragua

WASHINGTON — The White House is condemning months of violent conflict in Nicaragua that has left hundreds dead. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says in a statement that President Daniel Ortega and his vice president are “ultimately responsible for the pro-government parapolice that have brutalized their own people.” She adds that the United States supports efforts … Continue reading WASHINGTON | White House condemns violence in Nicaragua

U.S. Department of State News: Peruvian National Day

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: On behalf of the Government of the United States, I congratulate the people of Peru on the anniversary of your independence.  Our people share a long-standing friendship that is at the core of our excellent bilateral relationship.  Today, we celebrate your country’s rich history, … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Peruvian National Day

MANAGUA, Nicaragua | Nicaragua marks 1979 revolution amid protests, bloodshed

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Nicaragua marked the 39th anniversary of the 1979 revolution against dictator Anastasio Somoza on Thursday amid protest and bloodshed. Some say the country has made progress under current President Daniel Ortega, who helped lead the 1979 Sandinista uprising that ousted the Somoza family. But others say Ortega has become a dictator himself. … Continue reading MANAGUA, Nicaragua | Nicaragua marks 1979 revolution amid protests, bloodshed

WASHINGTON | OAS condemns human rights abuses in Nicaragua

WASHINGTON  — The Organization of American States adopted a resolution Wednesday condemning human rights abuses committed by Nicaraguan police and armed pro-government civilians since protests against President Daniel Ortega began in mid-April. The resolution, which was adopted 21-3 with seven abstentions, also criticized the harassment of Roman Catholic bishops. Catholic officials who have been mediating … Continue reading WASHINGTON | OAS condemns human rights abuses in Nicaragua

U.S. Department of State News: Secretary Pompeo Travel to New York City

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to New York on Friday, July 20, 2018. Secretary Pompeo will meet with Ambassador Nikki Haley and members of the United Nations Security Council, as well as Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Secretary Pompeo Travel to New York City

U.S. Department of State News: Escalation of Violence in Nicaragua

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State today released the following statement: The United States condemns the ongoing attacks by Daniel Ortega’s para-police against university students, journalists, and clergy across the country, in addition to the arbitrary detention of Civic Alliance leadership.  Every additional victim of this violence and intimidation campaign further undermines Ortega’s legitimacy.  We … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Escalation of Violence in Nicaragua