Ortega orders guillotine for 25 other Nicaraguan nonprofits

The National Assembly, fully controlled by the ruling FSLN party, is expected to endorse Ortega’s order early next week. Photo: Confidential

Women’s organizations and others for local development, public participation and environmental protection are the new victims of the assault on Nicaraguan civil society.

By confidential

HAVANA TIMES – The Ortega-Murillo regime’s crusade against civil society organizations will continue next week in the National Assembly, where there is already —on the agenda for May 17— an initiative for a legislative decree for the annulment of the legal status of the other 25 civil associations and non-profit foundations.

After the automatic stamp, this will bring to 169 the number of NGOs canceled by the regime so far in 2022. Since the civic rebellion of 2018, a total of 243 associations, universities, foundations and other non-profit organizations have been summarily closed.

The rationale used by the government

The impending expulsion of the 25 organizations from the National Assembly, controlled by Ortega, responds to a request from the Ministry of the Interior (Mingob) accusing them of having “failed in their legal obligations” and “acted against the law”.

The laws that would have violated all NGOs are the law on the regulation and control of non-profit organizations, as well as the law against money laundering, the financing of terrorism and the financing of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. and its regulations.

According to Franya Urey Blandon, the head of Mingob, the NGOs did not present their financial statements by fiscal period with detailed breakdowns (income, expenditure, trial balance, details of donations, origin, provenance and final beneficiary)”; She also points out that they have expired boards and are not responsible for past donations from abroad.

“With these actions, the aforementioned NGOs have hindered the control and monitoring of the Department of Registration and Control of Associations of the Ministry of the Interior”, warns the legislative initiative presented by the deputy Ortega Filiberto Rodríguez. “By not communicating their financial reports according to fiscal periods and with detailed breakdowns, they did not promote a policy of transparency in the administration of the funds, not knowing their execution and whether they were in line with their objectives and purposes, for which they were legal status,” he added.

An attack on freedom of association

Contrary to the government’s allegations, the directors of the organizations canceled in recent months point out that on several occasions in recent years the Ministry of the Interior refused to receive the requested documents and each time they showed up at the windows from Migob, they were rejected with new demands.

Sociologist María Teresa Blandon, director of Corriente, one of the NGOs canceled on May 4, called the MPs’ decision an “illegal act” because it violates the constitutional right to freedom of association. She highlighted the work that organizations have done in the vacuum generated by the state, primarily with women and sexual diversity groups.

Maria Teresa Blandon added that this attack on civil society organizations responds to a “politics of devastation, of silence”, and that it aims to “deactivate us, demobilize us and impose a single form of participation, a single form organization controlled by the regime. This is part of a typical policy of authoritarian governments.

Two weeks earlier, on April 20, the executive secretary of the Permanent Human Rights Commission (CPDH), Marcos Carmona, denounced that the Nicaraguan government had outlawed humanitarian organizations to prevent them from documenting abuses. authority and also recalled that his NGO had tried to hand over their documents to the Ministry of the Interior and that they refused to receive them.

“There is no will on the part of the government to allow human rights organizations to document the abuses that are being committed in this country,” Carmona told a press conference.

The latest group of 25 non-profit organizations that have lost their legal status are:

—Fundación Pro-Rescate de los Jóvenes en Pandillas.

—Fundación Puntos de Encuentro para la Transformación de la Vida Cotidiana.

—Asociación para el Desarrollo Integral Acompañado de Nicaragua y sus Comunidades.

—Asociación Vida Plena (Asovip).

—Asociación Ministerio Generación sin Código.

—Fundación Nueva Esperanza y Vida (FNEV).

—Asociación Lazos de Amor y Esperanza (Aslae).

—Asociación Instituto de Estudios para la Gobernabilidad y Democracia.

—Asociación Instituto Nicaragüense del Cemento y del Concreto (Incyc).

—Fundación Civil Nicaragüense para la Conservación y el Desarrollo (Funcod).

—Fundación Centro de Orientación para la Exportación de la Micro, Pequeña y Mediana Empresa (Coemipyme).

—Asociación por Masaya Primero (PMP).

—Asociación Red Municipal de Jóvenes de Nueva Guinea (RMJ-NG).

—Fundación Centro de Relaciones Internacionales (CRI).

—Fundación Civil para el Apoyo a Mujeres Víctimas de la Violencia.

—Asociación de Señoras de Abogados de Nicaragua (ASAN).

—Asociación Centro para la Participación Democrática y el Desarrollo.

—Asociación Centro de Estudios y Formación para la Gobernabilidad Democrática y el Desarrollo Sostenible.

—Fundación de Desarrollo Habitacional Ambiental de Bajo Costa Bambú, Palma y Adobe de Nicaragua (Funbambu Nicaragua).

—Fundación Interconexión Humana, Ubuntu (Fundación Ubuntu).

—Asociación de Desarrollo Forestal Campesino (Adeprofoca).

—Asociacion Centro Alternativo para Mujeres Survivientes de Violencia Izel (CAMSV).

—Fundación de Mujeres por el Desarrollo y la Democracia de Nicaragua (Fumdenic).

—American Association of Agrochemicals of Nicaragua (ANIC).

—Fundación para el Desarrollo de la Cirugía Reconstructiva en Nicaragua (Fundación Nicaplast).


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Steven L. Nielsen