Weekly Report - 10 January 2019 (WR-19-01)

NICARAGUA: International pressure builds on Ortega

The secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, decided at the end of last year to begin the process of applying Article 20 of the Inter-American Democratic Charter (IADC) against Nicaragua. Almagro’s announcement followed the latest damning report released on 20 December by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), an autonomous OAS body, which President Daniel Ortega ejected from the country the previous day, prompting international condemnation. Also indicative of pressure mounting on Ortega, at the end of last year US President Donald Trump promulgated the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act (Nica Act). This is the boldest move so far by the US against the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) government.

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