Political Prisoners and the Future of Nicaragua
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Since the 2018 mass protests and ensuring violent state repression, the authoritarian Ortega-Murillo regime in Nicaragua has continued to crack down harshly on anyone connected to the democratic opposition in the country. Hundreds of activists, students, opposition leaders, journalists and religious leaders have been arbitrarily imprisoned, violating their human and political rights, and subjecting some to torture. On February 9, 2023, 222 political prisoners were freed by the regime by exiling them to the United States and subsequently stripping many of their nationality. The regime has also initiated steps to confiscate the property and assets. Dozens more remain incarcerated, including Bishop Rolando Alvarez.
The discussion will be split into two parts. The first will highlight key findings from the upcoming report from international human rights lawyer Jared Genser and Perseus Strategies on political prisoners in the country, and what steps can be taken to ensure justice for the victims. The second will feature a conversation on the political trajectory of Nicaragua, and what the United States, region, and international community can do to promote a peaceful return to democracy.
This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.
Mapping the Escalation Ladder against the Ortega-Murillo Regime in Nicaragua
CSIS Americas Program experts consider potential responses to the Ortega-Murillo regime's repression in Nicaragua and outline five levels of pressure that can be brought to bear.
Commentary by Daniel F. Runde , Ryan C. Berg , Sofia Williamson-Garcia , and Sophia Skaff — October 3, 2022
Why Is CABEI Funding Nicaragua’s Dictatorship and What Can the United States Do about It?
Critical Questions by Ryan C. Berg — February 6, 2023
Crackdown on Religious Freedom in Nicaragua
Congressional Testimony by Ryan C. Berg — November 15, 2022
- Henry Ziemer
- Program Coordinator and Research Assistant, Americas Program