Their only crime was to dream of a Nicaragua without the dictatorship of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo

Photos of fourteen of the eighteen Nicaraguan female political prisoners

190 political prisoners

As of May 31, 2022, at least 190 people have been arrested in Nicaragua as a result of their political ideas. Approximately 180 of them have been under arrest since the political unrest that started in April 2018. In addition, at least 10 political prisoners were detained prior to that date. Most of the political prisoners in Nicaragua have been subjected to very harsh conditions, including solitary confinement and almost no food. As a result, some have fallen ill and lost weight. One of them, Hugo Torres, passed away in February 2022. According to family members, they have been able to visit their loved ones very sporadically.





Besides dozens of ordinary Nicaraguans, some of the detainees could be divided into several important groups targeted by Ortega’s repression, such as…

Left to rights: Medardo Mairena, Felix Maradiaga, Juan Sebastián Chamorro, Cristiana Chamorro, Miguel Mora, Arturo Cruz and José Antonio Pereza.

Members of the former Sandinista dissident party

“I am 73 years old. I never thought that at this stage of my life I would be fighting against a new dictatorship (…), but that is how life turns. Those who once embraced principles in favor of justice, in favor of freedom, today have betrayed them and today are their main enemies.”

General Hugo Torres, Hero of the Sandinista Revolution of 1979 and Martyr of Daniel Ortega’s dictatorship in Nicaragua. Torres died in prison on February 12, 2022.

Members of diverse opposition parties

Journalism student Samantha Padilla Jirón, 22 years old

What can you do?

First of all, stay informed about what is going on in Nicaragua.

Secondly, organize and spread the word about the human rights violations in Nicaragua.

Thirdly, contact your congress members and ask them to make public statements about the immediate release of all the political prisoners in Nicaragua. Considering the urgency it is important that the prisoners being treated with dignity immediately.

“Freedom for political prisoners.”