Detroit Mercy expresses support of Central American University of Nicaragua

June 11, 2018

Detroit Mercy announces that the institution stands with all members of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) against attacks and death threats issued against Chepe Idiaquez, S.J., rector of Central American University (UCA) of Nicaragua over the past several months.

As reported by many international media outlets this past April, peaceful demonstrations in Nicaragua that protested new government policies resulted in more than 100 deaths. In addition, 125 individuals were killed during a Mother’s Day march on May 31.

Chepe Idiaquez, S.J., rector of UCA of Nicaragua, is a strong advocate for peaceful negotiations and should not be forced to endure death threats and other forms of suppression. As an institution of higher education in the Jesuit tradition, UCA’s mission is to provide students with an education, professional formation and to encourage their commitment to a just, humane and environmentally sustainable world. Violent suppression of those demonstrating peacefully is unacceptable and encourages unrest.

As a result, Detroit Mercy joins with other AJCU member institutions in supporting the June 1, 2018, statement of the Provincial of the Central American Province of the Society of Jesus in helping to publicize the unfortunate and inhumane treatment of those engaged in peaceful demonstration in Nicaragua.