USCIRF Releases New Report on Religious Freedom Conditions in Nicaragua

This report is an examination of religious freedom conditions in Nicaragua in 2019. 

Mar 11, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
March 11, 2020

USCIRF Releases New Report on Religious Freedom Conditions in Nicaragua

Washington, DC – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today released the following new report: 

Nicaragua Country Update – This report is an examination of religious freedom conditions in Nicaragua in 2019. Following an outbreak of anti-government protests in April 2018, the Catholic Church offered support to protesters by providing sanctuary in churches and medical care, and in some cases vocal encouragement. Consequently, President Daniel Ortega’s government, security forces, and supporters started a campaign of intimidation and harassment against Catholic institutions, clergy, and churchgoers. This has severely disrupted the ability of Catholics to worship freely in Nicaragua and has led to clergymen having to flee the country out of concern for their safety.

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The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is an independent, bipartisan federal government entity established by the U.S. Congress to monitor, analyze and report on threats to religious freedom abroad. USCIRF makes foreign policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State and Congress intended to deter religious persecution and promote freedom of religion and belief. To interview a Commissioner, please contact USCIRF at Media@USCIRF.gov or call (202) 523-3240.