On August 13, 2021, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control designated two officials with the Cuban Ministry of the Interior (MININT) and the Tropas De Prevencion (TDP) a group affiliated with the Cuban Ministry of Revolutionary Armed Forces (MINFAR), for their roles in the serious human rights abuses that occurred as a result the Cuban regime’s violent suppression of peaceful, pro-democratic protests in Cuba that began on July 11, 2021. The designations were made pursuant to Executive Order 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Right Accountability Act. Both officials were designated pursuant to EO 13818 for acting on behalf of the MININT, an entity previously designated by OFAC under EO 13818 in January 2021. The TDP was designated pursuant to EO 13818 for being owned or controlled by Alvaro Lopez Miera, the Minister of the FAR, who was designated for serious human rights abuses in July 2021. MINFAR is also blocked pursuant to the CACR.
As a result of these designations, all US property and interests in property is blocked, and transactions with designated persons and entities are generally prohibited. In addition, any entity in the US that is owned fifty percent or more by a sanctioned person is also blocked.