In an Aug. 23 statement posted on X, the religious order said it “condemns this new aggression against the Nicaraguan Jesuits,” which takes place “in a national context of systematic repression classified as ‘crimes against humanity’ by the group of human rights experts on Nicaragua formed by the United Nations.”
The province urged the presidential couple to “cease the repression” and “accept the search for a rational solution in which truth, justice, dialogue, respect for human rights, and the rule of law prevail.”
The Jesuits also called for “respect for the freedom and total integrity of the Jesuits and the people who collaborate with them or with whom they collaborate.”
The order pointed out in its statement that the decision was made without proving that the administrative procedures established by law were not carried out.
As has been observed in most of the more than 3,000 similar cases of the revocation of legal status that have been executed by the government since 2018, “this agreement was carried out without giving an opportunity for legitimate defense on the part of the Jesuits and without there being an impartial judicial body to judge and stop these totally unjustified and arbitrary abuses of authority,” the Central American Province declared.
For the Jesuits, the confiscation of their assets and property is “aimed at the full establishment of a totalitarian regime.”
The province held Ortega and Murillo responsible for not establishing “conditions of independence and neutrality of the judiciary that allows it to take measures to stop, reverse, and sanction” such unjust measures.
At the end of its statement, the Central American Province said that it “joins the thousands of Nicaraguan victims who are waiting for justice to be done and the damage that the current Nicaraguan government is causing to be repaired.”
The province closed by expressing its appreciation for “the innumerable expressions of recognition, support, and solidarity that it has received in the face of these growing outrages.”
This story was first published by ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner. It has been translated and adapted by CNA.