Expert on Nicaragua implores the United States to “stop dithering with the dictator”

He stated that removing religion from the country would be a lengthy process due to the deeply religious nature of the Nicaraguan people.

Despite the strong religious beliefs of the population, the Ortega government has been openly suppressing the Catholic Church by closing institutions and targeting religious organizations, according to Poblete.

The U.S. State Department recently imposed visa restrictions on 100 high-ranking officials from Nicaragua. However, Poblete suggested that these sanctions might not be employed as effectively as they could be.

Poblete emphasized the need for a comprehensive policy that aligns with long-term U.S. national interests and upholds the core value of religious freedom. He criticized the current approach towards the Nicaraguan dictator, urging for a more focused and proactive stance from the U.S. and other countries.

He underscored that it is not solely the Catholic Church’s role to bring about change or create a conducive environment in Nicaragua; it requires active engagement from the U.S. and other nations, involving more targeted policies beyond just sanctions.

Poblete encouraged people to read materials published by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

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