Impacto | Negativo
Rating CIVICUS | Repressed
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Nicaragua issued via its website in mid-December a norm that regulates Civil Society Organizations (CSO) and prohibits them from “intervening in matters related to partisan politics”. The regulation stipulates that the legal representative of an CSO must sign a document with the Department for the Control of Associations in which it explicitly commits itself not to pursue projects, programs or actions of a political-partisan nature, directly or indirectly, as a condition for obtaining/retaining registration. Non-compliance may be sanctioned with the administrative seizure of the organization or it being stripped of its legal personality altogether. The resolution had been signed by the Ministry on April 11, 2019, but was not made public through official means until 8 months later.