Nicaragua cancels legal status of nine NGOs 

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By LatAm Reports Editor

The nine agencies would have incurred “unfulfilled – their financial reports and their properties will pass into the hands of the State.

The Nicaraguan government closed nine NGOs, including one Catholic and three evangelicals, and endorsed the closure of a private university, according to official decisions published Tuesday.

The nine agencies incurred “inccutions” in their financial reports for periods of between two and 26 years and, after the cancellation of their legal personality, their property will pass to the State, according to the decision of the Ministry of the Interior published in the official newspaper La Gaceta.

Pointing out among the cancelled NGOs is the Catholic Association of Moster Pursima Nicaraguan Year 2000 and the Evangelical Association Church The New Remnant, Renuévame Christian Foundation Lord and Association Churches Only Jesus Christ Save Acts 4:12.

Another of the cancelled NGOs is the Aguas Bravas Nicaragua Foundation (ABN), which had been registered since 2013 and which, according to its profile on social networks, offers support to women who were victims of sexual abuse in their childhood.

The Interior Ministry said ABN did not submit financial statements between 2015 and 2022, and that its directive had expired since 2014.

Therefore, the movable and immovable property of the nine associations will be transferred to the State, according to the legislation regulating non-profit agencies, the portfolio said.

A publication of La Gaceta, the Ministry of the Interior approved the cancellation of legal personality “for Voluntary Dissolution of the Association University of Administration, Trade and Customs María Guerrero (UNACAD).” The university had been registered since February 2005 and submitted the request for cancellation for “voluntary dissolution unanimously agreed by its members” on 3 February “because of the low income received by the University, which prevents them from complying with the investment program for the Improvement Plan,” the publication said.

Nicaragua tightened the laws after the 2018 protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega, which in three months left more than 300 dead, according to the UN. The Ortega government, which considered the protests as an attempted coup by Washington, said some NGOs funded them.

This article has been translated from the original which first appeared in El Salvador