28 Jul 2022

Nicaraguan opposition leader Suazo sentenced to 10 years in prison

According to the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights, Nicaraguan opposition leader Yubrank Suazo has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. The opposition leader had participated in the protests in 2018 against the government of President Daniel Ortega. The announcement of his prison sentencing was made on Wednesday.  Suazo was

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23 Mar 2022

Nicaragua sentences ex-presidential candidate to 8 years in prison amid wider opposition crackdown

Christiana Chamorro Barrios, a former Nicaraguan presidential candidate, was sentenced to eight years in prison for financial crimes on Monday. This is the latest crackdown on opposition members by President Daniel Ortega’s government. Ortega won his fifth term as president last November. In June 2021, a vague national security law

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24 Feb 2022

Nicaragua court convicts government critics of ‘conspiracy’

A Nicaraguan court has found seven different critics of President Danial Ortega’s administration guilty of conspiracy. Human rights groups have denounced the court proceedings as a political trial. Three individuals convicted of conspiracy were opposition leaders who planned to run in the 2021 election. During the 2021 election, dozens of

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08 Nov 2021

Nicaragua’s President Ortega on Track for Controversial Fourth Term

Nicaragua’s President Danial Ortega has held an overwhelming lead on his way to winning a fourth consecutive term in office. The election has been highly controversial, with both the US and the opposition party claiming it was fraudulent. With 65% of the vote counted, Mr. Ortega has won 75% of

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17 Nov 2020

Second Major Hurricane in Two Weeks Slams Central America

On Monday night, Hurricane Iota made landfall in Nicaragua. Hurricane Iota is the most powerful Atlantic hurricane recorded this year, stronger than the most recent Hurricane Eta. Eta killed at least 200 people in central America and displaced tens of thousands due to infrastructure and residency damages. When Iota made

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05 Nov 2020

Honduras Extends State of Alert as Tropical Storm Eta Hits

In Honduras, citizens are preparing for the devastating tropical storm Eta to make landfall by the end of the day. Honduran rescue teams have elevated evacuation efforts as of this morning, and a state of alert has been administered as heavy rains from the storm case rivers to flood homes.

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14 Feb 2019

Bellingcat OSINT Investigation: An Analysis of Nicaragua’s “Volunteer Police” Paramilitary Arsenal

Open-Source Intelligence Forum Bellingcat has published a report on Nicaragua’s use of paramilitary organizations to quell the country’s protests in 2018, prompting renewed criticism against the uses by NGOs. These open-source data points support widespread reporting from sources formerly within the country’s law enforcement agencies that the paramilitary groups were

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03 Jan 2019

A ‘reign of fear’ takes hold in Nicaragua with new crackdown

2018 saw a protest movement emerge in Nicaragua against authoritarian president Daniel Ortega, which was violently repressed by police and paramilitary groups, killing 324. This crackdown has continued and intensified, with any media and human rights groups critical of the government being completely shutdown and having to operate covertly. “The

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27 Jul 2018

Rights group updates death toll in Nicaragua unrest to 448

“A rights group on Thursday raised by nearly 100 to 448 the number of dead from more than three months of political upheaval and protests demanding President Daniel Ortega leave office. Alvaro Leiva, director of the Nicaraguan Pro-Human Rights Association, said 399 of the dead had been identified and there

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17 Jul 2018

Nicaragua protests: human rights group says death toll at 273, government says 51

In competing figures that highlight the fight over the control of information during conflicts, the human rights arm of the Organization of American States (OAS) have documented at least 273 fatalities and over 2,000 injuries from the ongoing political unrest in Nicaragua since April. The government lists a death toll

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