As President Daniel Ortega prepares his bid for re-election in November, the Nicaraguan government is cracking down on opposition figures. Six candidates planning to run against Ortega have been arrested since the beginning of June, in addition to numerous other members of civil society. As is often the case when repressive regimes detain opposition figures, the Ortega regime accuses those arrested of threatening the sovereignty of Nicaragua or of fomenting terrorism.
"Nicaragua Opposition Arrests Climb to 26" - France24
"Nicaraguan Opposition Activists Held as Crackdown Intensifies" - BBC News
The U.S. government has imposed sanctions on members of the Ortega regime. "The region and the international community must stand with the Nicaraguan people in support of their right to freely choose their government and their freedom from repression and human rights abuses. President Ortega is defying the international community, and we will continue to respond."
The State Department's "2020 Country Report on Human Rights: Nicaragua" states in its introduction that, "Nicaragua has a highly centralized, authoritarian political system dominated by President Daniel Ortega Saavedra and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo Zambrana. Ortega’s Sandinista National Liberation Front party exercises total control over the executive, legislative, judicial, and electoral functions. President Ortega was inaugurated to a third term in office in January 2017 following a deeply flawed electoral process."
In mid June, the Organization of American States (OAS) condemned the Ortega regime for its treatment of the opposition and demanded that the government restore human rights and create the conditions for free and fair elections.