Information on whether members of the Partido Resistencia Nicaraguense (PRN) have suffered abuses by the government since 1994 and on the current situation of the PRN [NIC23018.E]

Information on abuses by the government against members of the Partido Resistencia Nicaraguense (PRN) since 1994 could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB.

Only one case of violence suffered by a PRN member in 1995 could be found among the published sources consulted, although the source does not identify the perpetrator(s). The 1995 annual human rights report of the Comision Permanente de Derechos Humanos (CPDH) of Nicaragua reports that Isidro Galeano, a 24-year old peasant, former "contra" collaborator and member of the PRN was found dead on 8 September 1995 (10). He appeared to have been shot with machine-gun fire, in Cusulí county (comarca), Waslala jurisdiction (jurisdicción), department of Matagalpa.

The attached documents provide information on recent (1995) Nicaraguan political developments referring directly or indirectly to the PRN.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below a list of sources consulted in researching this Information Request.


Derechos Humanos en Nicaragua: Informe Anual 1995 de la Comision Permanente de Derechos Humanos de Nicaragua. December 1995. Managua: Comision Permanente de Derechos Humanos de Nicaragua.


Central America Report [Guatemala City]. 24 November 1995. "Ortega Seeks Presidential Nomination," pp. 4-5.

_____. 28 July 1995. "Parties Gear Up For Elections," pp. 2- 4.

_____. 30 June 1995. "Disarming Rearmed Groups," p. 8.

_____. 2 June 1995. "Proposals to End the Crisis," pp. 7-8.

Additional Sources Consulted

Central America NewsPak [Austin, Tex.]. Fortnightly.

Central America Report [Guatemala]. Weekly.

Human Rights Watch World Report 1996. 1996. New York: Human Rights Watch.

News from Human Rights Watch/Americas [New York]. Monthly.

Latinamerica Press [Lima]. Weekly.

Latin American Weekly Report [London]. Weekly.

Latin American Regional Reports: Central America & the Caribbean [London]. Monthly.

Material from the Indexed Media Review (IMR) or country files containing articles and reports from diverse sources (primarily dailies and periodicals) from the Weekly Media Review.

Newspapers and periodicals pertaining to the appropriate region.

IRB, USINS and UNHCR databases.

On-line searches of news articles.

Note on oral sources:

Oral sources are usually contacted when documentary sources have been exhausted. However, oral sources must agree to be quoted in a publicly available Response to Information Request. If they refuse, the Response will read "no information currently available." Contacting oral sources is also subject to time constraints; for example, there are periods of the year when academics are unavailable.


This list is not exhaustive. Country-specific books available in the Resource Centre are not included.