Injustice in Nicaragua: Statement From Jesuit University Presidents Including President Sullivan
President Julie Sullivan joined with 29 other presidents in the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities condemning and calling for dialogue about the recent closure, confiscation and repression of Jesuit-run University of Central America by the Nicaraguan government.
The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities stands in solidarity with our sister Jesuit institution in Managua, the University of Central America (UCA). The recent actions of the Nicaraguan Government are both unjust and punitive: a blatant violation of academic freedom.
The repressive strategies of this regime are those of a government that has lost its legitimacy and rightfully fears the judgment of the Nicaraguan people and the international community. These actions are those of a government out of touch with its citizens, civil society, and religious institutions.
We extend our support to the Jesuits, the faculty, students and staff who have been falsely accused of violations of the law. With the Central American Province of the Society of Jesus, we call on this government to reverse its decisions and cease its repression of the University and those who are advocating for a public dialogue regarding the nation’s future.