As scientists and leaders of the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies (https://www.internationalhrnetwork.org) — an alliance to support at-risk colleagues — we are gravely concerned about ongoing governmental repression in Nicaragua. This alarming situation has important implications for science and health in the country.
In July, the government forcibly closed 24 non-governmental organizations, including medical associations concerned about the government’s coronavirus-related policies (see, for example, go.nature.com/2wqvg3c and go.nature.com/2wqoknc). Health experts who provided guidance on the pandemic for the general public have been interrogated by the Ministry of Health and threatened with criminal charges. Physicians have been warned that their medical licences could be suspended.
These incidents are part of a wider pattern of targeted and continued attacks in the country, including the arbitrary arrest and detention of opposition leaders, many of whom are prominent academics. The global scientific community must strongly condemn this assault on internationally protected rights.
The authors declare no competing interests.