Weekly Report - 04 April 2024 (WR-24-13)

NICARAGUA: Crackdown on religious figures widens

For a second consecutive year, Nicaragua’s authoritarian government led by President Daniel Ortega banned processions during the Semana Santa Easter festival as part of its crackdown on dissent. Of late its targeting of the Catholic Church has largely drawn the headlines – not least the case of Bishop Rolando Álvarez, who was exiled to the Vatican at the start of the year [WR-24-03], having been incarcerated for nearly two years on trumped-up charges. However, the recent conviction of 11 pastors and ministry leaders of Puerta de la Montaña, the Nicaraguan branch of US evangelical ministry ‘Mountain Gateway’, for money laundering, indicates a widening of the net.

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