June 21, 2019

OFAC designates Nicaraguan officials for human rights violations

The Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Department of the Treasury has designated four Nicaraguan government officials pursuant to Executive Order 13851, for human rights violations against citizens of Nicaragua. The four serve as President of the Nicaraguan National Assembly, the General Director of the Institute of Telecommunications and Postal Service of Nicaragua, the Minister of Health, and the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.  Two of the officials have also been designated pursuant to the Nicaragua Human Rights and Anticorruption Act of 2018. According to OFAC, the designated individuals have contributed to the undermining of democratic processes and institutions in Nicaragua, engaged in actions that threaten the peace, security or stability of the country, used violence to silence political opposition, and engaged in serious abuse and violations of human rights against protesters who oppose the regime of Daniel Ortega.

As a result of these designations, the property interests of the designated individuals and entities they own are blocked, and US persons are prohibited from dealing with them.

US Department of the Treasury press release