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Police Arrested Well-known Nicaragua LGBTI Activist Who Had Returned From Exile

Ulises Josué Rivas Pérez had returned to Nicaragua from Costa Rica about three months ago to be with his dad, who had cancer and was in terminal stage

Well-known activist who helps LGBTI Nicaraguans in exile, Ulises Josué Rivas Pérez in Comalapa, was arrested on Sunday, in Comalapa, in the Chontales department.

The arrest warrant against the self-summoned, this is indicated by the crimes of aggravated robbery against two men and minor injuries to the detriment of a woman.

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Rivas has been accused of aggravated robbery against two men and minor injuries to the detriment of a woman. He is currently being held at the police delegation in Juigalpa, Chontales, and this Tuesday, September 3, the preliminary hearing will take place.

“He was not directly (responsible for the altercation) it was the brothers but they accuse him directly of robbery. This is political because he doesn’t get along very well with the girl who accuses him. He didn’t steal anything and supposedly what was lost in the scuffle is a hat,” said Boanerges Luna, coordinator of the National Environmentalist Movement against Industrial Mining (Monafmi) – to which Rivas belongs

Rivas fled to Costa Rica after the April 2018 protests against President Daniel Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo.

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Rivas helped create Asociación Hijos del Arco Iris LGBTI, a group in Costa Rica that helps LGBTI Nicaraguans who are in exile in the country. Rivas returned to Nicaragua last month after his father died, even though the country’s government and its supporters continue to target LGBTI people and others who have participated in the protests.

According to human rights organizations, there are more than 70,000 Nicaraguan in exile. The largest number is in Costa Rica.

The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights, a Washington D.C. (US) -based organization that works with human rights activists in Latin America, on Monday condemned Rivas’ arrest.

“We denounce the arrest of LGBTI activist and environmentalist Ulises Rivas, who was detained after he returned from exile in Costa Rica,” tweeted the organization. “This and other arbitrary arrests demonstrate that there is no state provision to ensure the safe return of Nicaraguan exiles.”

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