Numerous Nicaraguan universities have been taken over or shut down by the government over the past few years, accounting for nearly half of its higher education institutions. The Committee is concerned about the consequences of such suppression and for the future of academia in Nicaragua.
October 18, 2023
Asamblea Nacional de Nicaragua
Complejo Legislativo Carlos Núñez
Avenida Peatonal General Augusto C. Sandino
Apartado Postal: 4659
PBX: (505) 22768430 – 60
To Whom It May Concern:
The Committee of Concerned Scientists is an independent organization of scientists, physicians, engineers, and scholars devoted to the protection and advancement of human rights and scientific freedom for colleagues all over the world.
We are writing in regard to the numerous university closures in Nicaragua over the past two years. In August, for example, one of the top Central American universities, the Jesuit Central American University (UCA), was seized, closed, and, soon after, rebranded. More recently, the Central American Institute of Business Administration (INCAE) had its assets frozen and its campus taken over by government officials.
The Committee is concerned by such retaliation by the Nicaraguan government against its universities, as it violates the right of its own citizens to pursue higher education. It also prevents academics from accessing new knowledge and from continuing valuable research. We write to urge you and anyone who can help to appeal to the Nicaraguan government to grant its universities the rights and freedoms all such institutions in the world require to function.
Thank you for your attention to this serious matter. We will be closely following developments in this case.
Joel L. Lebowitz, Paul H. Plotz, Walter Reich, Eugene M. Chudnovsky, Alexander Greer
Co-Chairs, Committee of Concerned Scientists
Ambassador to Nicaragua
Bureau of Consular Affairs
U.S. Department of State
600 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036 USA
United States Embassy in Managua
Kilometer 5.5 Carretera Sur
Managua, Nicaragua 10000