Daniel Ortega’s regime shuts down 17 other NGOs from the United States, the European Union and the United Kingdom

Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo (REUTERS/Oswaldo Rivas/File)

The Nicaraguan regime, through the Ministry of the Interior, canceled the registration and fixed numbers of 17 non-profit organizations originating from the United States, European Union (EU) and Great Britain.after accusing them of obstruction of internal control and not being registered as “foreign agents”.

Of the 17 foreign NGOs operating in Nicaragua, eight from the US, four from Spain, two from the UK, and one each from Germany, Italy and the Netherlandsaccording to the resolution of the Ministry of Home Affairs published in the State Gazette.

The US NGOs that were banned were Empowerment International INC, the Minnesota-León Project, the Chacocente USA INC Project, and the Nicaragua Foundation for Humanity and Development INC.

Also The Nature Conservancy, Wateraid America INC, Seeds for Progress Foundation INC, and Hope Road Nicaragua INC.

The Spanish ones are Farmacéuticos Mundi, Doctors of the World Association, El Sueño de la Campana Foundation and Semg Solidaria Foundation.

While those in the UK are Nuevas Esperanzas UK and Christian Aid.

The other three are the Third World House (Germany), Terra Nuova (Italy) and the Dutch Development Cooperation Service (Netherlands).

A person walks on a street in Nicaragua with posters of Ortega and Murillo in the background (EFE/Jorge Torres/File)
A person walks on a street in Nicaragua with posters of Ortega and Murillo in the background (EFE/Jorge Torres/File)

NOT TO REGISTER AS A “Foreign AGENT”

According to the Nicaraguan regime, These 17 NGOs failed to fulfill their obligations under the laws governing them by not registering as foreign agentsbecome a compulsory subject.

Moreover, by their “actions”, these organizations have “hinder the control and supervision of the Directorate General of Registration and Control of Organizations for Profit of the Ministry of Home Affairs”, according to official information.

The canceled NGO was dedicated to working together in poor and remote areas in the areas of poverty, health, education, community development, among others.

end of October, The Secretariat of International NGOs Nicaragua expresses concern about the passage of the Act for Regulation of Foreign Agents and is declared to “fulfill all” “its legal and fiscal obligations, contained within the existing regulatory framework, reporting” “its funds, contributions, activities and obligations”.

According to data from the Nicaragua International NGO Secretariat, as of October 2020 there are 32 international cooperation organizations operating in Nicaragua -excluding the Central American one-, which annually manages $25.5 million to benefit 550,000 people through foreign organizations operating in the country. Central America.

The executive has canceled the records and endowments of nine European NGOs, six US and one Costa Rican NGOs, bringing the total number of illegal foreign organizations in Nicaragua to 33.

In Nicaragua, by the vote of the Sandinista deputies and their allies, who constitute the majority in Parliament, At least 440 NGOs have had their legal status revoked since December 2018.

Nicaragua has been in a political and social crisis since April 2018, which has killed hundreds in popular protests branded an attempted coup by Ortega, who has been in power for 15 straight years amid accusations of authoritarianism and electoral fraud.

(With information from EFE)

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