Political Prisoners in Nicaragua Reaches 610 and Rising

March demanding the release of Nicaragua’s political prisoners held on August 15, 2018. Photo: Carlos Herrera / Confidencial

 

At least 46 women, 28 minors and 3 transsexual women are among the political prisoners of the Ortega and Murillo regime.

CENIDH files appeal against the law designed to “control and destroy” non-profit organizations

 

By Confidencial

HAVANA TIMES – Mothers of protesters who have been arrested during Nicaragua’s sociopolitical crisis reported that there are at least 610 political prisoners in Nicaragua.

Among the inmates are 46 women, 28 minors and 3 transgender women, according to the preliminary report, distributed this Thursday by the organized women.

According to the report, 458 of the “political prisoners” face judicial processes, of which 62 have already been convicted.

So far the number of persons captured after participating in protests against the Government of President Daniel Ortega have risen to 602, according to the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH).

The protesters who are imprisoned are considered “terrorists,” “coup mongers” and “common criminals,” by the Government of Nicaragua, which itself only recognizes 273 inmates in total.

CENIDH files appeal against law to persecute non-profits

The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights (CENIDH), on the other hand, filed an appeal against the regulations of the Financial Analysis Unit Law (UAF), considering it unconstitutional, while seeking to “control and destroy” the work of non-governmental organizations in Nicaragua.

“It is a partial appeal, against some articles that attribute interfering and disproportionate functions to the UAF to look for ways to control and destroy the work of nonprofit civic organizations,” the President of CENIDH, Vilma Nunez, told journalists.

According to the recently approved regulations, nonprofit organizations have until December 3rd to register with the UAF and present all their administrative and financial activities, as well as the origin and destination of the funds they receive, under penalty of temporary sanctions and definitive suspensions.

A violation to the rules of the UAF could cause NGOs to fall into violations of the “Law against the laundering of assets, financing of terrorism and financing of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction,” applied to people who oppose the Government of President Daniel Ortega, recalled the CENIDH.

The appeal was filed before the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ) by a group of nine CENIDH activists, led by Nunez, who stated that the government’s objective is to “institutionalize, with these powers, a legal persecution.”

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