Nicaragua orders the closure of another 96 organizations and foundations

MADRID, June 3. (.) –

The Government of Nicaragua has ordered this Thursday to close another 96 organizations and foundations, within a repressive campaign that already adds more than 350 civil organizations suppressed this year.

The closure of 96 NGOs has been approved with 75 votes in favor, 14 abstentions and two blank votes. Among the organizations canceled are the Association of the Nicaraguan Development Institute (INDE), the Federation of Professional Associations of Nicaragua (Conapro), the Association of Pediatrics and the Nicaraguan Internet Association.

During the month of May, the government of Daniel Ortega has canceled a total of 177 organizations and foundations that operated in the Latin American country, according to the newspaper ‘La Prensa’.

In early April, the Nicaraguan National Assembly approved the General Law for the Regulation and Control of Non-Profit Organizations, which leaves NGOs at the mercy of the Ministry of the Interior. This body has the powers to introduce the operating requirements of the organizations and, by extension, the withdrawal of permits.

The ruling party controls the National Assembly, thanks to which it has managed to pass laws tailored to the criteria of the Government of Daniel Ortega. Both the internal opposition and international organizations have warned of the growing pressure on independent entities, although the authorities have justified the closure of NGOs and universities by virtue of administrative arguments.

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