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Government Critics Languish in Nicaraguan prisons

On February 12, Hugo Torres, a 73-year-old former guerrilla fighter and a critic of President Daniel Ortega, died in detention in Nicaragua.

Torres was reportedly being held in inhumane conditions, incommunicado for prolonged periods, repeatedly interrogated, and not allowed to access the open air.

  •  Juan Pappier and Paula Ini
  • HRW

He is the first government critic arrested in Nicaragua in 2021 to die in prison, but certainly not the only one facing worrying health conditions.

170 people perceived as government critics remain behind bars in Nicaragua, according to local human rights groups.

They include over 40 critics and other opposition leaders who were arrested in the context of the…

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