South Florida Congressional Reps Warn About Ortega Regime Targeting Religious Freedom in Nicaragua

This week, U.S. Reps. Mario Díaz-Balart, R-Fla., Carlos Giménez, R-Fla., and María Elvira Salazar, R-Fla., sent a letter to the Office of International Religious Freedom expressing concern over the repression of religious freedom by the Daniel Ortega regime in Nicaragua.

“We write to express profound concerns regarding the alarming escalation of suppression of religious freedom in Nicaragua and to request information on what the Office of International Religious Freedom is doing to counter religious persecution in Nicaragua,” they wrote in the letter to Amb. Rashad Hussain, the U.S. Ambassador at Large to the Office for International Religious Freedom.

In the letter, the representatives mention several incidents involving religious authorities and organizations in Nicaragua, including the expulsion of the Apostolic Nuncio in March, the outlawing of the Missionaries of Charity (an organization founded by Mother Teresa) in July, and several arrests of priests throughout the country in recent weeks.

“Religious organizations, such as the Catholic Church, had been one of the last places where Nicaraguans could practice their faith and enjoy a small measure of religious expression. However, the authoritarian Ortega dictatorship has revealed that it will not tolerate even this most fundamental right, and will continue to suppress religious belief and practice for the Nicaraguan people,” the South Florida Republicans wrote.

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