Nicaragua, another bishop arrested

This is the Bishop of Siona, Isidoro Mora, who was arrested after praying for Monsignor Rolando Alvarez, Bishop of Matagalpa sentenced without trial to 26 years in prison and in prison since last February. The United Nations condemns: The country is moving further and further away from the rule of law

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Nicaraguan police arrested the Bishop of Siona, Monsignor Isidoro del Carmen Mora Ortega, on Wednesday, December 20. He is the second bishop detained in the country, after Monsignor Rolando José Álvarez Lagos, Bishop of Matagalpa and Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Estelí, who was sentenced to 26 years in prison without legal trial on charges of conspiracy, spreading false news and obstruction. Justice and insulting the authorities. He has been in prison since last February after being under house arrest since August 2022.

According to reports, Monsignor Mora was stopped by police and paramilitary forces “as he was on his way to celebrate his confirmation in the Diocese of La Cruz de Rio Grande.” With him, “seminarians Alistair Sainz and Toni Palacio were also arrested.” The whereabouts of the three men are currently unknown.

He was arrested after praying for Monsignor Alvarez

According to the country's independent press, which cites church sources, the arrest of the Bishop of Siona was due to the sermon delivered by Monsignor Mora on December 20 in the Cathedral of St. Peter the Apostle. On this occasion, the Bishop reported that the Nicaraguan Bishops’ Conference continues to pray for Monsignor Alvarez. “We are always united in prayer for our beloved Diocese of Matagalpa – we pray for Monsignor Rolando and for each one of you,” Monsignor Mora said. He concluded: “We are united in prayer, in fellowship, in faith, in love, in tenderness.”

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A country that is moving further and further away from the rule of law

In recent days, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Nada Al-Nashif, stated that Nicaragua is “increasingly” moving away from the rule of law, especially “fundamental freedoms, exacerbating people's suffering and fueling the exodus of refugees.” Young people and undermining the future of democratic institutions.” He then denounced that the authorities in Managua continue to “persecute those who can contribute an alternative vision to the public sphere, such as political leaders, indigenous people, members of the Catholic Church, activists and journalists.” In this context, he stressed that “restrictions on civic space continue, With repeated cases of arbitrary arrest against those exercising their fundamental freedoms.”

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