The Nicaraguan government got harsh marks in the U.S. State Department’s Report on Human Rights Practices, released today in Washington.
“The principal human rights abuses were restrictions on citizens’ right to vote, including significantly biased policies to promote single-party dominance; widespread corruption, including in the police, CSE, Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ), and other government organs; and societal violence, particularly against women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons,” reads in the introduction to the human rights chapter on Nicaragua.
The report was especially critical of Nicaraguan Police and the judicial system, citing “significant human rights abuses included police abuse of suspects during arrest and detention; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions; arbitrary and lengthy pretrial detention; erosion of freedom of speech and press.”
Ortega’s style of government was called “increasingly authoritarian” and lenient on officials who committed abuses. “Impunity remained a widespread problem,” the report says.