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Weekly Report - 21 March 2019 (WR-19-11)

NICARAGUA: Dialogue stumbles on as Ortega makes a concession

The Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) administration led by President Daniel Ortega has agreed to release within 90 days all political prisoners (802 on the latest report from local human rights groups). This is a key demand from the opposition Alianza Cívica por la Justicia y la Democracia (ACJD) which earlier this week once again suspended dialogue (aimed at finding a solution to the crisis stemming from the government’s crackdown on opponents) in response to reports of recent police (PNN) repression and violence against protesters. Ortega’s latest concession may well reflect international pressure following the latest show of PNN violence and the prospect of further sanctions from the foreign community.

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