Sanctions Profile: Nicaragua

At a glance

The EU adopted a new sanctions regime against Nicaragua on 15 October 2019 by Council Regulation (EU) 2019/1716 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/1720.

On 1 January 2021 at the end of the Brexit transition period, the UK adopted The Nicaragua (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/610).

 

 

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EU sanctions 8 Nicaraguans in response to deteriorating political situation

The EU has imposed asset freezes and travels bans on 8 Nicaraguans allegedly responsible for serious human rights violations, and/or who have undermined democracy or the rule of law in Nicaragua. The designations are the first the EU has made pursuant to its Nicaragua sanctions regime since 5 May 2020 (see previous post). See Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1276 and …

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Canada imposes Nicaragua sanctions in response to human rights abuses

Yesterday (14 July 2021), Canada imposed sanctions on 15 people in response to “ongoing human rights violations” in Nicaragua, pursuant to the Special Economic Measures (Nicaragua) Regulations. Those designated are subject to assets freezes and travel bans. Press Release and Notice. Ramón Antonio Avellán Medal (Deputy General of the Nicaraguan National Police (NNP)), Luis Alberto Pérez Olivas (Head of the …

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US imposes visa restrictions on 100 Nicaraguans

100 people associated with the Ortega-Murillo regime, including members of the Nicaraguan National Assembly and the Nicaraguan judiciary, as well as some of their family members, have been targeted by US visa restrictions, the US State Department has announced. Those affected are said to have “helped to enable the Ortega-Murillo regime’s attacks on democracy and human rights”.

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EU Parliament calls for Nicaragua sanctions

The EU Parliament has adopted a resolution calling for the expansion of sanctions in response to alleged human rights abuses committed by Nicaraguan authorities, including the repression of democratic opposition, civil society and civilians. The resolution specifically calls for the imposition of sanctions against Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, Vice-President Rosario Murillo and their “inner circle”. Press Release.

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US sanctions 4 Nicaraguan officials

The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has designated 4 people for their “complicity in the Ortega regime” pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13851. The sanctions respond to the alleged detention of Nicaraguan political opposition and civil society members and the absence of electoral reforms called for by the Organisation of American States. State Dept …

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Current Sanctions

EU UK

Consolidated

Council Regulation (EU) 2019/1716

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) 2019/1716

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/606

Consolidated

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/1720

Parent Regulation

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/1720

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/607

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1467

The Nicaragua (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/610)