Given the constant attacks perpetrated by the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo against the Catholic Church in Nicaragua, the Nicaraguan Human Rights Collective Never Again revealed that it has documenting the case of a priest, who was forced to leave the country for fear of being imprisoned.
Gonzalo Carrión, defense attorney for the Collective, confirmed to the Article 66 team that they have only registered the case of a Nicaraguan religious, and without specifying figures, he explained that there are more cases of priests in this same situation.
“We have documented a case as a Collective and we know that there are more priests, in forced displacement,” said Carrión.
The lawyer pointed out that the prelates are leaving the country because there is religious persecution in Nicaragua. “The facts speak for themselves,” he stressed.
Since the first of August, the Catholic Church has been the object of new attacks by the Ortega-Murillo dictatorship. The Sandinista administration ordered the closure of at least 10 religious stations, banished one of the choristers from the Diocese of Matagalpa, keeps Monsignor Rolando Álvarez under house arrest and has at least 10 priests deprived of their liberty.
Recently, the Ortega justice found Monsignor Leonardo Urbina guilty of the alleged crime of sexual abuse to the detriment of a minor.
Faced with this situation of religious persecution, the political analyst Israel Lewites argued that the Ortega-Murillo regime is telling the ecclesiastical authorities “that no matter who you are, in Nicaragua there is silence inside or you suffer the consequences, the consequences are kidnapping, exile or death.”
Little by little, the Ortega dictatorship has increased the list of imprisoned priests, so far there are ten religious who are being part of legal proceedings against them. The regime has given no truce and continues its siege against the Catholic Church.