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Nicaragua: Elections and Political Prisoners

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL4792, tabled on 8 December 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with the Ambassador of Nicaragua on (1) the reported flaws in the election of 7 November in that country, and (2) the conditions in which political prisoners are held.

Answered on

15 December 2021

The Nicaraguan presidential election of 7 November was neither free nor fair. The authorities prevented the Nicaraguan people from making a democratic choice, using their powers to detain and threaten candidates. The arrests violated the guarantees in the Nicaraguan Constitution, and the UK calls for the immediate and unconditional release of all opposition leaders, and other political prisoners in Nicaragua, and for the full restoration of all their civil and political rights. We have raised our concerns with the Nicaraguan Government in London, and in Managua, and at multilateral fora. We have published a series of statements highlighting the UK's deep concern about the deterioration of political and human rights in Nicaragua and the subversion of democratic processes. We will continue to work closely with our partners to promote democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in Nicaragua.