The European Union (EU) imposed sanctions on eight more people on Monday in the context of the political crisis they are going through Nicaragua and included in that group the vice president of the country, Rosario Murillo.
The Council of the EU, which brings together the Member States, indicated in a statement that restrictive measures are taken against these eight individuals “as responsible for serious human rights violations or actions that undermine democracy and the rule of law in Nicaragua. “
“The measures are directed against people and are designed in such a way that they do not harm the Nicaraguan population or economy,” the Council stressed.
Following today’s announcement, they are in total fourteen people sanctioned by the EU in Nicaragua.
In addition to Murillo, the eight people include the president of the country’s National Assembly, Gustavo Porras Cortés; the attorney general, Ana Julia Guido Ochoa; or the president of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Republic of Nicaragua, Alba Luz Ramos Vanegas. Also included are the son of President Daniel Ortega and Vice President Juan Carlos Ortega Murillo.
Those sanctioned have their assets immobilized and, in addition, EU citizens and companies are subject to the prohibition of making funds available to them.
Likewise, the fourteen persons are prohibited from traveling to the Union, which prevents them from entering the community territory or passing through it.
The Council assured that the political situation in Nicaragua “has deteriorated further in recent months” He added that “the political use of the judicial system, the exclusion of candidates from the elections and the arbitrary disqualification of opposition parties are contrary to basic democratic principles and constitute a serious violation of the rights of the Nicaraguan people.”
“These actions further undermine the credibility of the electoral process, already hampered by an electoral reform that did not comply with the recommendations of the electoral observation missions of the Organization of American States and the EU, “he said. The community club recalled that it has “repeatedly” urged the Nicaraguan government to comply with “its own commitments, the Nicaraguan Constitution, and international human rights laws and standards.”
“The EU has also repeatedly called for an effective dialogue to be established with the opposition to the adoption of electoral reforms as an essential step to restore confidence in public institutions, and for international human rights organizations to return to Nicaragua, “he added. According to the Union, the sanctions announced today show that the Twenty-seven “They remain determined to use all their instruments to support a democratic, peaceful and negotiated solution to the political crisis in Nicaragua.”
“Regrettably, the arrest of a seventh potential presidential candidate last weekend illustrates the magnitude of the repression in Nicaragua and projects a disturbing image for the next elections, “said the Council. It reiterated its condemnation of “the systematic repression by the Nicaraguan authorities” and he urged them to “repeal restrictive laws, including the Law regulating foreign agents.”
in addition, demanded “immediate and unconditional” release political prisoners, as well as full respect for the human rights and civil and political rights of all Nicaraguan citizens. The sanctions regime against Nicaragua was first adopted in October 2019, “after the Council repeatedly expressed its concern over the deterioration of the political and social situation in Nicaragua and firmly condemned the repression exercised since April 2018 against political opponents, protesters, independent media and civil society. ” On May 4, 2020, the Council adopted the first restrictive measures against six people.
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