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Canada suspended direct aid to Nicaragua in 2018 in response to human rights violations

Monday, April 15th 2019 - 09:17 UTC
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A foreign ministry spokeswoman confirmed the cut-off after the CBC, citing a secret memorandum, reported the aid was halted at the end of August, 2018 A foreign ministry spokeswoman confirmed the cut-off after the CBC, citing a secret memorandum, reported the aid was halted at the end of August, 2018
It came amid a crackdown on protests, but was kept quiet to give President Daniel Ortega room to reverse course without seeming to be yielding to outside pressure It came amid a crackdown on protests, but was kept quiet to give President Daniel Ortega room to reverse course without seeming to be yielding to outside pressure

The Canadian government said on Sunday it suspended financial aid to Nicaragua last year in response to human rights violations - a decision not publicly disclosed until now.

A foreign ministry spokeswoman, Britanny Fletcher, confirmed the cut-off after the CBC, citing a secret memorandum, reported the aid was halted at the end of August, 2018.

It came amid a crackdown on anti-government protests, but was kept quiet to give President Daniel Ortega room to reverse course without seeming to be yielding to outside pressure, according to the CBC.

“Our government is concerned by the deteriorating human rights situation and economic downturn in Nicaragua. In light of these concerns, we made the decision to suspend direct financial assistance to the Nicaraguan government last summer,” Fletcher said.

“President Ortega's repressive actions against his people are unacceptable. We continue to consider all diplomatic and policy options at our disposal in order to support the Nicaraguan people.”

She said Canada still provides support for NGOs and international organizations with projects in Nicaragua “with a focus on help for the most vulnerable.”

Canada was one of five top donors of bilateral aid to Nicaragua, providing some US$20 million in aid a year over all, according to the memorandum cited by the CBC.

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  • Jack Bauer

    “The Canadian government said on Sunday it suspended financial aid to Nicaragua last year in response to human rights violations”

    Human rights' violations, in Nicaragua ? with such a vibrant democracy and a leftist, peace-loving president ? what is the world coming to ?

    Apr 20th, 2019 - 02:55 pm 0
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