The EU Council recently imposed sanctions against Nicaraguan Vice President Rosario Murillo and seven others responsible for serious human rights violations or actions that undermined the rule of law or democracy in Nicaragua. The sanctions are in response to the deteriorating political situation in Nicaragua resulting from a series of repressive actions taken by Nicaraguan authorities that have weakened Nicaragua’s electoral process, including the recent detention of a seventh potential presidential candidate in that country.
The sanctions are imposed pursuant to Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1276 of July 30, 2021 implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1716 concerning restrictive measures aimed at the situation in Nicaragua -restrictive measures that include asset freezes, travel bans and prohibit EU citizens and businesses from transacting with sanctioned parties. The Council also emphasized that these measures are designed to target the listed individuals and avoid any harm to the Nicaraguan people or the Nicaraguan economy.
EU Council Press Release | Council Implementing Regulation 2021/1276