Open letter from scholars and activists regarding repression in Nicaragua

December 9, 2019

The Central America Section of LASA urges the Nicaraguan government to stop repression and reinstate democracy in Nicaragua. A year ago, LASA positioned itself in relation to the political and social crisis that has been taking place in Nicaragua since April 18, 2018, urging the government of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo to cease repression, respect human rights, and accelerate a process of democratization and justice for the people who have been subjected to violence and murdered during the crisis.

The situation has not changed, the crisis is getting worse, and human rights violations continue. The majority of the 700 people unjustly imprisoned since the beginning of the crisis are still in jail, and many of them are not even recognized by the government as political prisoners.



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The Latin American Studies Association (LASA) is the largest professional association in the world for individuals and institutions engaged in the study of Latin America. With over 13,000 members, over 60% of whom reside outside the United States, LASA is the one association that brings together experts on Latin America from all disciplines and diverse occupational endeavors, across the globe. LASA's mission is to foster intellectual discussion, research, and teaching on Latin America, the Caribbean, and its people throughout the Americas, promote the interests of its diverse membership, and encourage civic engagement through network building and public debate.

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