COVID19: Nicaragua moves over 2,800 prisoners to deal with arrest

COVID19: Nicaragua moves over 2,800 prisoners to deal with arrest


Nicaragua has moved quite 2,800 prisoners to deal with arrest to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, advocates said there have been no political prisoners as a part of Wednesday's release.

Authorities jailed a minimum of 86 opposition figures and supporters of rights groups under the govt of Ortega - a former rebel hero whose most up-to-date term in power started in 2007 and who is now accused of running a repressive dictatorship.

Many of these prisoners were arrested during the 2018 protests against Ortega that rights groups said left 300 people dead.

None of these prisoners was among the two ,815 the inside ministry said had been released from Nicaragua's prisons, defence lawyer Yonarki Martinez told the AFP press agency .

"It's obvious that there is no respect for human rights and therefore the health of these denied their freedom," Martinez said.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights involved the "immediate liberation" of the country's political prisoners.

Martinez said a number of those opposition figures had symptoms of COVID-19, including fever and breathing difficulties, but had not received medical attention.


Last week, Amnesty International complained that 12 opposition detainees were showing symptoms but weren't receiving medical attention.

According to official data, Nicaragua has recorded only 16 coronavirus cases and five deaths.

But civil society groups say there are a minimum of 780 suspected cases that are treated or recorded as pneumonia. the govt denies the claims.

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