The increasing authoritarianism of the government of President Daniel Ortega is threatening human rights and the preservation of religious freedom in Nicaragua. Religious discrimination is prohibited by the Constitution, but the current regime has given preferential treatment to religious institutions that espouse a pro-government stance. This is a major concern for the country’s 2.6 million Catholics. […]
Politico-religious dissent has been on the rise in Nicaragua, especially as Catholic bishops and other religious leaders (i.e. Evangelical Protestants) have criticized the Ortega regime’s human rights record. Religious leaders who have opposed the regime have been retaliated against through smear campaigns and disinformation disseminated by pro-government press and media. Churches sheltering protesters from violence have been attacked by pro-government mobs.
Bishop Silvio José Báez of the Archdiocese of Managua has been threatened with assassination for speaking up against the government in support of human rights and religious freedom.Tweet
Threats against Bishop Báez have been so severe that Pope Francis recalled him to Rome to serve the Church remotely for a temporary period until the political turmoil ceases.Read more at USCCB Fact Sheet: Nicaragua