Weekly Report - 13 July 2023 (WR-23-28)

NICARAGUA: Ortega fails again to expel prominent critic

Nicaraguan bishop Rolando Álvarez, who was sentenced in February this year to in excess of 26 years in prison for charges such as treason [WR-22-33], has fast become a major thorn in the side of the authoritarian government led by President Daniel Ortega. With Álvarez’s release having become a major demand of the international community, speculation regarding his plight was rife last week amid reports he had been freed but then reincarcerated after talks between the Ortega government and Catholic Church representatives unravelled over the terms which, among other things, include forced exile.

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