Nicaragua is a captured state with no accountability. The opposition media and civil society risk serious consequences if denouncing corruption. The only anti-corruption measures come from abroad, with the United States adopting the Nicaragua Human Rights and Anticorruption Act, a bipartisan legislation that grants the Treasury Department the power to sanction any “current or former official of the Government of Nicaragua or any person acting on behalf of that Government for acts of repression against dissent or corruption.” Yet, sanctions and support for civil society and a free press seem to currently be the only options.
Selected trends from the Public Integrity Index
Trends in Judicial Independence, Administrative Burden, Freedom of the Press over the past 13 years