Information on a group called El Güegüense, 1992 [NIC11893]

In addition to the information provided in Response to Information Request NIC11565 of 26 August 1992, the following information was provided by the director of the Comisión Permanente de Derechos Humanos de Nicaragua (CPDH) (26 Oct. 1992).

The structure and operation of El Güegüense is not publicly known. The group appears to be formed by, or at least focused on, students and could be linked to the most radical sectors of the Sandinistas. Tom s Borge is a prominent figure in these sectors, which include members or former members of the state security apparatus. El Güegüense has surfaced as recently as early-1992 when, amid graffiti appeared on walls under its name.

The group El Güegüense has not been blamed or held responsible for any violent actions recently. The CPDH, however, received reports around August 1990 of death threats made by El Güegüense against a former member of the military who had been imprisoned following accusations of conspiracy. The death threats were reported to the CPDH by the relatives of the man, who fled the country after receiving the alleged threats.

Additional and/or corroborating information could not be found among the sources currently available to the DIRB.


Comisión Permanente de Derechos Humanos (CPDH), Managua. 26 October 1992. Telephone Interview with Director.