A few days ago, after opposition figures were arrested, more Nicaraguan officials were sanctioned.
Days after the administration of President Daniel Ortega faced sanctions for arresting prominent political opponents, Nicaragua cancelled the operating licenses of six non-governmental organizations from the United States and Europe.
According to the official government gazette, Oxfam and the US-based National Institute for Democracy and International Republic have been affected.
Charities in Spain, Denmark and Sweden have also had their business licenses revoked.
The move is two weeks after the EU’s introduction Impose sanctions Eight Nicaraguan officials, bringing the total number of sanctions in the government to 14. The new sanctions include Rosario Murillo, the wife of Vice President and President Daniel Ortega.
The United States has previously imposed sanctions and visa restrictions on Nicaraguan officials.
Nicaragua’s Ministry of the Interior said that the cancelled organizations did not provide a “detailed breakdown” of the sources of donations they received and the ultimate beneficiaries.
The goods and assets of these NGOs will now be sold or become government property.
These non-governmental organizations, some of which have been in Nicaragua for many years, are committed to issues such as human rights, environment, poverty alleviation, health and education.
Suppress the opposition
With three months to go before the national elections, the Nicaraguan government has detained 33 prominent opposition figures on charges of treason.
Among them, seven potential candidates may compete with the 75-year-old Ortega, who is seeking a fourth consecutive term.
The former leader of the resistance movement also ruled the country from 1979 to 1990. As part of the left-wing Sandinista National Liberation Front, he became president in 2007.
His government has been repeatedly accused Human rights violation And the suppression of opposition figures since anti-government protests in 2018.
Ortega accused the opposition of trying to overthrow him with Washington’s support.