Nicaraguan human rights advocate asks British Parliament to help release Bishop Álvarez

The president of the Nicaragua Freedom Foundation and former Nicaraguan presidential candidate Félix Maradiaga recently visited the British Parliament and asked its members for support in freeing Nicaragua’s political prisoners, including the bishop of Matagalpa, Rolando Álvarez, an outspoken defender of human rights.

Maradiaga’s visit to England occurs just one day after exiled Nicaraguan Bishop Silvio Báez received an award from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in Washington, D.C., where the prelate also reiterated his call for the dictatorship of President Daniel Ortega to release Álvarez, unjustly imprisoned for being a “traitor to the homeland.”

The former presidential candidate told ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner, that during his visit to the British Parliament he advocated for all Nicaraguan political prisoners. “We haven’t forgotten anyone,” he stressed.

Madariaga was received by members of the liberal bloc in the House of Lords, such as Jeremy Purvis and John Thomas Alderdice, to whom he explained “the situation of political prisoners in Nicaragua and discussed the need to impose more severe sanctions on those who commit crimes against humanity and acts of corruption,” according to a release sent to ACI Prensa.

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