Weekly Report - 10 August 2023 (WR-23-32)

Concerns build over targeting of indigenous in Nicaragua

While the unremitting crackdown on dissent by Nicaragua’s government led by President Daniel Ortega continues to make headlines, indigenous groups and environmental organisations like Fundación del Río are denouncing that mining concessions are being awarded in protected indigenous territory. This comes despite the US economic sanctions applied in October 2022 on the country’s gold sector [WR-22-45] – the first time the US had targeted a specific economic sector amid its efforts to put pressure on the Ortega government over human rights and democracy concerns.

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