Nicaragua reaches 440 NGOs canceled since 2018 democracy protests

The National Assembly of Nicaragua, with a ruling majority, canceled this Thursday (2) the registrations of 75 NGOs in the country for not being registered as “foreign agents”, increasing to 440 non-profit civil organizations that have been made illegal since 2018.

Parliament evaluated the registration of NGOs following a request submitted by the government of dictator Daniel Ortega.

The measure was approved as a matter of urgency with the vote of 75 Sandinista and allied deputies. Other 14 parliamentarians abstained, while two who were in the legislative house preferred not to vote.

Among the affected organizations is Fundação Centro de Estudos International (CEI), which was led by Zoilamérica Ortega Murillo, stepdaughter of the Nicaraguan dictator, who denounced him for sexual abuse in 1998.

The list also includes the Instituto Nicaraguan Development (INDE), social arm of the Superior Council of Private Enterprise (Cosep), the country’s main employers’ body.

Another NGO made illegal was the Federation of Professional Associations of Nicaragua (Conapro), also linked to Cosep, which, before the April crisis of 2018, maintained a dialogue with Ortega, who has been in power since 2018.

In a In this report, the Ministry of Governance argued that the NGOs did not register themselves “on the Foreign Agents Registry”, as they were required by local legislation, passed by parliament after the demonstrations for democracy. of four years ago.

In addition, the entities violated, according to the folder, the General Law of Regulation and Control of Non-Profit Organizations, which has been in force since the 6th, as well as the Law Against Asset Laundering.

Among the 179 NGOs made illegal in the last three days is the Academia Nicaraguense de Letras. Since December 2018, the total is 440 entities that had their registration revoked.

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