The United States remains deeply concerned about the unjust detentions of political prisoners by the Ortega-Murillo regime and the continued abuses against members of civil society. We remain committed to applying a range of diplomatic and economic tools to support the restoration of democracy and respect for human rights in Nicaragua. To that end, the State Department is taking further action to impose visa restrictions on 93 other individuals suspected of undermining democracy following the illegitimate re-election of Daniel Ortega in November 2021, including judges, prosecutors , members of the National Assembly and officials of the Ministry of the Interior.
Regime-aligned judges and prosecutors share complicity in the Ortega-Murillo regime’s efforts to undermine democracy by participating in the prosecutions and convictions of opposition leaders, human rights defenders, industry leaders private sector and student advocates. Members of the National Assembly and Interior Ministry officials enabled the Ortega-Murillo regime to tighten its authoritarian grip on Nicaraguan citizens and institutions by using repressive laws to strip more than 400 NGOs and a dozen universities of their legal status.
The regime holds more than 180 political prisoners, many of whom suffer from a lack of adequate food, proper medical care and even sunshine. A political prisoner has died and others are still in solitary confinement. Political prisoners held under house arrest also suffer abuse and are unable to choose their own healthcare providers or receive visitors. The regime’s corrupt security and judicial systems have arrested and prosecuted these civic leaders and human rights defenders for speaking the truth, practicing courageous journalism, defending their communities through NGOs and publicly advocating for alternatives. to the repressive rule of the regime – activities that should be permitted under Nicaragua’s own constitution or any other democratic political system.
The United States reiterates its call for the immediate and unconditional release of those wrongfully detained and for the restoration of democracy and the rule of law in Nicaragua.