Weekly Report - 11 January 2024 (WR-24-01)

NICARAGUA: Ramping up attacks on Catholic Church

The regional office of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has called on the government led by President Daniel Ortega to report where it is holding Bishop Isidoro Mora. Arrested late last month, Mora is the second bishop to be detained by the Ortega government after Bishop Rolando Álvarez was arrested in August 2022 and sentenced to over 26 years in prison in February 2023, precipitating the rupture of relations with the Vatican [WR-23-11]. A rare voice of dissent, the Catholic Church has been increasingly targeted in recent weeks by the Ortega government, which last year declared the Jesuit religious order illegal and closed down the Jesuit-run Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), among other things [WR-23-34].

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