FIDH: Rescinding the legal status of the NGO CENIDH means a decisive move toward a dictatorial regime

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Paris, 12 December 2018. The FIDH strongly condemns the government’s decision to request the National Assembly to withdraw the legal status of the CENIDH (Centro Nicaragüense de Derechos Humanos = Nicaraguan Centre for Human Rights), a member organization of our institution in Nicaragua and requests that these authorities overturn this decision.

With the aim of dismantling student militancy and rural and any political opposition, the Ortega-Murillo regime deployed in recent months a violent repression that has left a toll of more than 300 deaths and hundreds of arbitrary detentions. As if this were not enough, now they want to silence civil society by attacking NGOs that demand respect for human rights, such as the CENIDH, CISAS (Centro de Informacion y Servicios de Asesoria en Salud = Nicaragua’s Centre for Information and Advisory Services in Health), IEEPP (Instituto de Estudios Estratégicos y Políticas Públicas = Institute of Strategic Studies and Public Policies), among others, by withdrawing their legal status. Consolidating this outrage means that the current government is decisively moving toward a dictatorial regime.

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