Nicaragua Frees Hundreds Of Prisoners, Sends Them To U.S.

  • Nicaragua has freed more than 200 political prisoners from custody and sent them to the United States, a move Secretary of State Antony Blinken called “a constructive step” toward addressing human rights issues and improving the two nations’ relations.
  • The 222 prisoners — among them journalists, students, civil society representatives and political leaders — were released from Nicaragua and arrived on Thursday at Dulles International Airport in Virginia, just outside Washington.
  • “Today, the United States welcomes 222 individuals who had been imprisoned by the Government of Nicaragua for exercising their fundamental freedoms and have endured lengthy unjust detentions,” Blinken said in a release.