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Weekly Report - 11 June 2020 (WR-20-23)

NICARAGUA: White Paper fails to quell concerns

This week Nicaragua’s opposition grouping Coalición Nacional wrote a letter to the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres requesting “urgent measures”, such as the designation of a special envoy to Nicaragua, in response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The letter followed the latest call on 1 June by over 30 local doctors’ associations for the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) government led by President Daniel Ortega to implement a national lockdown, citing an “exponential rise” in cases which, they warned, have caused a “collapse of Nicaragua’s public and private healthcare system”. The calls came a week after the FSLN government, which refuses to implement stringent measures such as a national quarantine (Ortega has previously warned that the country would “die if people stopped working”) [WR-20-16], published a White Paper outlining its response to the pandemic.

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