Nicaragua government closes six other NGOs from Europe, the United States and Costa Rica


TODAY NICARAGUA (EFE) The Government of Nicaragua, through the Ministry of the Interior, on Tuesday canceled the registrations of six non-profit organizations (NGOs) from Europe, the United States and Costa Rica , after accusing them of obstructing internal controls and failing to register as “foreign agents”.

The European NGOs banned by the Interior Ministry are Médico Internacional EV (Germany), Fundación para la Cooperacion Internacional Trabaja (Spain) and Fundación Terre Des Hommes Italia-Onlus (Italy), according to the resolution published in the Official Gazette.

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The Americans are Planting Hope, INC (Sowing Hope, INC) and the Gettysburg-León Project, INC.

Meanwhile, the Costa Rican NGO is the Asociación Vivamos Mejor.

According to the Nicaraguan government, these six NGOs have not fulfilled their obligations under the laws that regulate them by not registering as foreign agents, being obligated subjects.

In addition, through their “action”, these organizations have “impeded the control and monitoring of the General Directorate for Registration and Control of Profit-Profit Organizations of the Ministry of the Interior”, according to official information.

According to the Nicaraguan authorities, the NGOs concerned have not provided their financial statements or detailed the donations (origin and final beneficiary). They also did not list the boards of directors of the country of origin, nor the identity and origin of all their donor members.

They operated in poor and remote areas

The canceled NGOs were dedicated to operating in poor and remote areas in the fields of poverty, health and psychosocial work with traumatized people, direct and immediate aid to children in difficulty, education, community development, nutrition, food security and environmental management.

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Last October, Nicaragua‘s International NGO Secretariat expressed concern over the approval of the Foreign Agents Regulation Law and said it was “fulfilling all” of its “legal and fiscal obligations, contained within existing regulatory frameworks, being accountable”. its “funds, donations, activities and obligations”.

According to data from the Secretariat of International NGOs of Nicaragua, until October 2020, 32 international organizations were operating in Nicaragua, which annually managed 25.5 million US dollars for the benefit of 550,000 people through foreign organizations operating in the country.

Nearly 250 Nicaraguan NGOs have been canceled

In Nicaragua, with the vote of Sandinista lawmakers and their allies, the majority in the unicameral Congress, the legal status of at least 236 NGOs has been canceled since December 2018, eight months after a popular revolt broke out against the President’s government. Daniel Ortega.

In April 2018, thousands of Nicaraguans took to the streets to protest controversial Social Security reforms, which later became a demand for Ortega to step down because he responded forcefully.

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The demonstrations, described by the executive as a coup attempt, left at least 355 people dead, according to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), although local organizations put the figure at 684 and the government recognizes 200.

Nicaragua has been going through a political and social crisis since April 2018, which intensified after the controversial general elections of November 7, 2021, in which Daniel Ortega was re-elected for a fifth term (fourth consecutive) and the second with his wife, Rosario Murillo, as vice-president, with their main suitors in prison or under house arrest.

The article originally appeared on Today Nicaragua and is republished here with permission.

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