March 7, 2021

Costa Rica grants political asylum to Nicaraguan human rights defender Álvaro Leiva

Costa Rica grants political asylum to Nicaraguan human rights defender Álvaro Leiva



The Costa Rican government reported today that it granted political asylum to Nicaraguan human rights defender Álvaro Leiva, who fled his country after considering that his life was in danger as part of the violent socio-political crisis that began last April.

"The Government of the Republic of Costa Rica officially granted political asylum to the executive secretary of the Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights (ANPDH), Álvaro Leiva," the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Leiva, one of the most prominent activists in the Nicaraguan crisis, fled to Costa Rica last August after the ANPDH denounced the siege of unauthorized armed groups and phone calls of threats to their offices.

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