Ortega government closes another 25 NGOs and outlaws 3,273

The Government of Nicaragua, through the Ministry of the Interior, canceled yesterday Friday the legal entities of another 25 NGOs, including five that requested their voluntary dissolution, including the Russian-Nicaraguan Alliance, which had been inactive since 2017.

The outlawing of these 25 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) was approved by the head of the Interior of that country, María Amelia Coronel, according to the ministerial agreement published in the Official Gazette of Nicaragua.

With the closure of these 25 NGOs, there are 3,273 organizations of this type dissolved after the popular protests that broke out in April 2018.

In general, the Ministry of the Interior argued that it unilaterally closed 20 NGOs “because they have been abandoned and have between 2 and 15 years of non-compliance with their obligations in accordance with the Laws that regulate them.”

Among those affected are the Abandoned Children of Nicaragua Foundation, which has been operating since 2001, and which, according to the Ministry of the Interior, did not report its financial statements for the 2020-2021 period, and its board of directors had expired for a year.

Also the SOS Guardians of Children Foundation (FUGDI), which had been operating since 1995 and which “did not report financial statements for the period 2019 to 2021” and had its board of directors expired since last December.

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Sandinista deputies such as Filiberto Rodríguez have said that the affected NGOs used resources from the donations they received to try to overthrow the president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, in the demonstrations that broke out in April 2018. Thousands of Nicaraguans took to the streets in April 2018 to protest controversial social security reforms.

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