NICARAGUA

Congress bans 4 private universities, 6 aid groups

Nicaragua’s National Assembly, controlled by President Daniel Ortega, outlawed four private universities on Wednesday 2 February, some linked to the Roman Catholic Church, reports the Associated Press.

The best known of the schools whose legal standing was cancelled by the assembly is Polytechnic University of Nicaragua, which was a hotbed of anti-government protests in 2018.

The measure also affects six aid groups linked to the church and four professional or collegiate associations. One of the professional organisations is the Association of Nicaraguan Songwriters, which was formed by folk musician Luis Enrique Mejía Godoy. Some of the groups have been critical of Ortega, or in the case of the universities, host to academics or students who are critics.
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