Nicaragua

Peoples Under Threat Ranking:
#36
11

Summary

Nicaragua continues its climb up the Peoples under Threat index as the government of President Daniel Ortega further entrenches itself. Following more than a decade of dismantling institutional checks on his power, Ortega ordered a massive crackdown on antigovernment protests in 2018, leaving hundreds dead and thousands injured. Hundreds of criminal cases have since been… Read more »

Peoples Under Threat Data

2020 Data Peoples under Threat value
Self-determination conflicts2
Major armed conflict1
Prior genocide / politicideNo data
Flight of refugees and IDPs0.0125
Legacy of vengeance - group grievance5.6
Rise of factionalized elites7.1
Voice and Accountability-1.083
Political Stability-0.801
Rule of Law-1.040
OECD country risk classification7
TOTAL11.79

The overall measure for each country is based on a basket of 10 indicators. The number in each row is drawn from the source for that particular indicator. The sources of data and calculations used are detailed on the Notes to Table page. 

Background

Nicaragua continues its climb up the Peoples under Threat index as the government of President Daniel Ortega further entrenches itself. Following more than a decade of dismantling institutional checks on his power, Ortega ordered a massive crackdown on antigovernment protests in 2018, leaving hundreds dead and thousands injured. Hundreds of criminal cases have since been brought against protestors and critics, many who experienced torture or other ill-treatment. In March 2019, with support from across the region, the UN Human Rights Council adopted its first resolution on Nicaragua, condemning the Ortega’s government’s abuses. Setting the stage for future abuses, the government and supporters continue stifling journalists, media outlets and NGOs through
threats, attacks, arbitrary searches and forced closures. Fears of an economic downturn sparking unrest have led the government to resist COVID-19 preventative measures, a situation worsened by the firing in 2018 of more than 400 health workers who treated victims during the protests.