Amaya Eva Coppens Zamora

Political Activist

Nicaragua

Amaya Coppens is one of the leaders of the 19th of April Student Movement in Nicaragua. She participated in numerous protests against the Sandinista government and the violent, repressive tactics deployed by its security forces. In September 2018, she was abducted by Nicaraguan police from her residence after participating in a peaceful protest. She was released in June and continued to speak out against the regime in Nicaragua. She had the opportunity to repatriate to Belgium during her first captivity but refused. On November 14, Ms. Coppens was imprisoned again when she and 15 other activists attempted to bring water to mothers of political prisoners on hunger strike. She and other political prisoners were released by the regime on December 30, 2019, however, 2 of them have been imprisoned again and remain in prison to this day.

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