Managua, Nicaragua, Jun 12, 2019 / 13:13 pm
The results of a Nicaraguan law granting amnesty to both anti-government activists and security forces will determine whether the legislation is good for the country, the Archbishop of Managua has said.
Nicaragua's unicameral National Assembly passed the amnesty law June 8. Though it has allowed the release of a group of political prisoners, the law has been criticized by the opposition over fears it will also give impunity to troops and paramilitaries responsible for crimes and arbitrary arrests that have taken place during the past 14 months of protests.
The law also requires those released to refrain from future protests.
Fifty-six activists were released June 11, and 50 protesters June 10. The government has detained more than 700 in connection with the protests.