Bishop Rolando Álvarez and the other clergy were jailed more than a year ago, in most cases, as part of a crackdown on the opposition and Catholic Church by President Daniel Ortega.
NPR's Eyder Peralta recently visited Nicaragua for the first time in a decade, gaining rare access to a nation that is hostile to journalists and known as the Western Hemisphere's newest dictatorship.
President Daniel Ortega intensifies his political crackdown, stripping 94 of the most prominent Nicaraguan writers, journalists and human rights activists of citizenship. They lose all their rights.
Catholic Bishop Rolando Alvarez refused to leave Nicaragua with other political prisoners released on Thursday.
On state television a judge said the government had decided to "deport" the prisoners, saying they had been declared traitors and can never again serve public office.
President Daniel Ortega's government has moved systematically against voices of dissent, arresting many opposition leaders last year.
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Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is running for a fourth consecutive term to remain leader of the Central American country in elections that critics and U.S. officials have labeled a "sham."
Prosecutors ordered the arrest of Sergio Ramirez, one of the country's most distinguished writers, who is now out of the country. President Daniel Ortega is arresting opponents ahead of elections.
Federal prosecutors are requesting that Cristiana Chamorro be disqualified from running for president due to accusations that she was involved in money laundering.
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's government insists the country has low numbers of cases and deaths from the pandemic. A grassroots group is working to reveal the true impact is far worse.
Back-to-back hurricanes have taken an unprecedented toll on the Central American nation and its neighbors.
Iota diminished to a Category 1 hurricane within hours of its landfall in Nicaragua. Still, as the second strong storm to hit the region in as many weeks, Iota bears grave dangers for residents.
Just two weeks after Hurricane Eta dumped heavy rainfall in the region, Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua and southern Belize are facing an even stronger storm fueled by climate change.
Iota, now a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 160 mph, is expected to hit Nicaragua on Monday evening, bringing catastrophic winds, life-threatening storm surge and extreme rainfall.