Nicaragua boasts Pacific and Caribbean coasts Credit: istock The news has met with a peal of approval from tourism groups and travel operators. Although the law provides that the right to information may not be subjected to censorship, the government and actors under its control retaliated against the press and radio and television stations by blocking transmissions, impeding the import of ink and paper, and violence against journalists. Defendants have the right to be fully and promptly informed of the charges against them and the right to a fair trial. P8_TA (2019)0219. Information on the program’s activities, funding, and effectiveness was unavailable. Montes was imprisoned under highly irregular circumstances for participating in prodemocracy protests but was set to be released as part of a negotiation process. The Colombian Senator of the Political Group List of the Decency, Gustavo Bolívar, published a trill in which he questions Maduro and Ortega, but also criticizes the situation that Colombia is facing in terms of human rights, especially for the murder of social leaders. The pandemic will put pressure on incumbent governments and will risk an erosion of democratic principles. In November and December, Congress stripped nine civil society organizations of their legal registration at the request of the Interior Ministry. The law also prohibits child pornography, and the government generally enforced it. Nicaragua’s economic freedom score is 57.2, making its economy the 115th freest in the 2020 Index. Independent media reported persons with disabilities accounted for less than 1 percent of public-sector employees, despite the legally mandated minimum representation of 2 percent. Political Parties and Political Participation: The FSLN used state resources for political activities to enhance its electoral advantage in recent elections. 10 March 2020. The Office of the Attorney General routinely either rejected requests to evict illegal occupants of real property or failed to respond to the requests altogether. Its overall score has decreased by 0.5 point due to a drop in the fiscal health score. OSH standards also were not widely enforced in an expanding large informal sector, which represented 77 percent of employment and 88 percent of businesses, according to 2016 reports from the Consultants for Business Development and the Nicaraguan Foundation for Economic and Social Development. A closer look at how the deadly protests in Nicaragua developed and what the demonstrators want. Indigenous persons from rural areas often lacked birth certificates, identity cards, and land titles. These failures were exacerbated by the social upheaval in 2018, in which groups of persons, including members of the FSLN, illegally took over privately owned lands, with implicit and explicit support by municipal and national officials. Media reported ALBA-funded contracts were awarded to companies with ties to the president’s family and noted the funds from Venezuela served as a separate budget tightly controlled by the FSLN, with little public oversight. Progovernment supporters marked the houses of civil society members with derogatory slurs or threats and then published photographs of the marked houses on social media. This resulted in lower listenership, particularly among rural listeners who rely principally on AM frequency for radio transmissions. Rape and Domestic Violence: The law criminalizes all forms of rape of men or women, regardless of the relationship between the victim and the accused. Prodemocracy marches and protests were not allowed during the year. Domestic NGOs under government investigation reported problems accessing the justice system and delays in filing petitions, as well as pressure from state authorities. Political situation. Numerous other states, including Australia, Costa Rica and Iceland, raised similar concerns during their statements in their individual capacity. The country has a very small Jewish population. Increased government restrictions on domestic NGOs’ ability to receive funding directly from international donors seriously hindered the NGOs’ ability to operate. The Nicaraguan Pro-Human Rights Association continued to operate from forced exile in Costa Rica and focused more on the Nicaraguan exile community. Paid government supporters used social media and website commentary spaces to harass prominent members of civil society, human rights defenders, and well known journalists. As a result, independent radio owners continued to defer long-term investments. 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