Daniel Ortega Closes 25 More Nicaraguan Non-Profits  

Hands Up. This is sovereignty! Cartoon: PxMolina / Confidencial

With the closures, the total number of non-governmental organizations the regime has shuttered since 2018 rises to 193. In 2022 alone, they’ve now closed 119.

By Confidencial

HAVANA TIMES – In a continuation of their assault against civil society’s organizations, the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo has sent a new list of 25 NGOs to be closed. The latest list was submitted on May 3 to the Sandinista-dominated National Assembly, where legislators are all but certain to rubber stamp the proposed cancelations of these organizations’ legal status. With these closures, the number of NGOs shuttered by the regime in the first five months of 2022 has now reached 119, according to a Confidencial analysis.

The cancellation decree is expected to be approved without discussion on May 5. Among the 25 NGOs declared illegal, is the Association for the Central American Historical Institute, which functioned as a “center for journalistic investigation, reflection, analysis, communication and social action, with a Christian focus.” The Institute was founded by the Jesuit “Company of Jesus”, which also directs the Central American University (UCA). The center created and distributed the monthly “Envio” magazine, which has circulated nationally and internationally for over 30 years. They also held workshops focusing on the country’s reality.

Another of the organizations affected by this new request from the Interior Ministry is the Nicaraguan Foundation for Sustainable Development, led by renowned scientist Jaime Incer Barquero. The environmental organization pioneered the conservation of natural resources in Nicaragua and collaborated with other NGOs like the Humboldt Center – cancelled in March of 2022 – in warning about the environmental risks posed by the failed project for an Inter-oceanic canal that the Ortega regime attempted to push through.

Other organizations named for closure are:

  • Asociación de Cirujanos Dentistas in Leon
  • Asociación Foro de Educación y Desarrollo Humano de la Iniciativa por Nicaragua (FEDH-IPN)
  • Asociación por la Democracia Enrique Bermúdez Varela
  • Asociación de Comisiones por la paz de los Derechos Humanos
  • Asociación Movimiento Fuerza Democrática Nicaragüense
  • Asociación Nicaragüense de Criadores y Propietarios de Caballos Peruanos de Paso
  • Fundación para el Desarrollo Comunitario Inclusivo (Fundecomi)
  • Fundación EO Nicaragua;
  • Fundación para el Desarrollo de la ciudad de León
  • Asociación para el Desarrollo Pecuario de Achuapa
  • Fundación Nakawe
  • Fundación Inserción de Exreclusos.
  • Asociación Ángelo Guiseppe Roncalli
  • Asociación para el Desarrollo Integral Comunitario (ADIC)
  • Fundación Proyecto Solar para Mujeres Nicaragüenses
  • Asociación Civil de Clubes de Leones del Distrito D-5 de Nicaragua
  • Asociación de Promotores Sin Fronteras
  • Asociación Ciencia y Desarrollo Nicaragua
  • Fundación Eco Familia
  • Fundación para el Desarrollo Integral de Quilalí
  • Asociación Movimiento de Mujeres de Chinandega
  • Asociación Centro de Asistencia a la Mujer
  • Asociación Centro de Desarrollo Integral Nicaragüense.

193 organizations closed without the right to appeal

The regime has already canceled the legal status of 168 NGOs since 2018, and the latest expected closures will bring the total to 193, according to an analysis done by Confidencial.

The Interior Ministry has accused all of the organizations of violating three laws: The Law for Non-Profit Organizations; The Law of Legislative Power; and The Law against Money Laundering, Financing Terrorism and Financing the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction.

In addition, the Interior Ministry alleges that the organizations failed to report their financial status with the required details, or failed to register as foreign agents. Nonetheless, on multiple occasions the heads of the shuttered NGOs have asserted that the Ministry itself set up obstacles when they attempted to comply with the required paperwork. In some cases, the organizations stated that the Ministry simply refused to receive their documents, despite the fact that they attempted to submit them several times.

Among the canceled NGOs are dozens that carried out projects in education; oversaw medical programs like Operacion Sonrisa [“Operation Smile”, which brought surgeons to fix cleft palates]; organized women’s and environmental projects; promoted and defended human rights; worked with the indigenous peoples; offered programs for children and adolescents; or focused on topics of social development, democracy and culture.

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2 thoughts on “Daniel Ortega Closes 25 More Nicaraguan Non-Profits  

  • There are hundreds of evangelical religious groups that have NGO status, they seem to be OK for now. Many of the most significant community, environmental, public participation, human rights and feminist NGOs have been either closed or can no longer carry out their work.

  • How many NGOs are left in Nicaragua?

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