The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) strongly condemns the illegitimate closure of the Central American University (UCA) by the State of Nicaragua. On August 15, 2023, the Tenth Criminal District Court of Hearings Managua District ordered the seizure of UCA's movable and immovable assets, as well as the freezing of its bank accounts and financial products.
The measure was taken due to unfounded accusations that the Central American University was a center of terrorism where criminal groups were organized. Given the serious events and the violation of academic freedom, the UCA suspended all academic and administrative activities as of August 16, 2023. Since then, there have been reports of the persecution and detention of members of the institution's academic body, including four student leaders.
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