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. The EU can therefore impose asset freezing measures and travel bans on individuals and entities determined to be responsible for human rights violations and abuses, the repression of civil society and democratic opposition, and undermining democracy and the rule of law in Nicaragua.

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EU renews chemical weapons & Nicaragua sanctions regimes for 1 year

Chemical Weapons The EU Council has renewed the sanctions regime addressing the use and proliferation of chemical weapons for 1 year until 16 October 2021. The sanctions (asset freeze and travel ban) currently apply to 9 people, 5 linked to the Syrian regime, and 4 involved in the Salisbury Novichok attack, and 1 Syria-based organisation. See press release. Nicaragua The …

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OFAC lists Nicaraguan officials & a financial institution

OFAC has designated Nicaraguan financial institution Cooperativa De Ahorro Y Credito Caja Rural Nacional RL (Caruna), as well as Attorney General Ana Julia Guido De Romero, and Secretary of the Presidency Paul Herbert Oquist Kelley under E.O. 13851, which targets corruption in Nicaragua, and supporters of President Ortega. Caruna has been listed for providing support to Banco Corporativo, a designated …

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OFAC designates Nicaraguan President’s son & his company

OFAC has listed Juan Carlos Ortega Murillo, the son of President Daniel Ortega, on the basis that he distributes propaganda in support of the Nicaraguan government through his public relations and advertising company, Difuso Comunicaciones S.A.. It is said to produce the majority of radio and television campaigns for the Nicaraguan government. Jose Jorge Mojica Mejia, described as a personal …

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OFAC amends Nicaragua sanctions regs & Venezuela General Licences

OFAC has amended the Nicaragua Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR part 582 to incorporate the Nicaragua Human Rights and Anticorruption Act of 2018. The Act authorises sanctions to be imposed on those responsible for human rights abuses, actions which undermine democratic processes, or involved in significant corruption in Nicaragua. A general licence authorising certain US government activities has also been added. …

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Switzerland joins EU in imposing Nicaragua sanctions

Switzerland has joined the EU in imposing sanctions (asset freezes and a travel ban) on 6 Nicaraguan officials in response to “on-going violations against human rights, democracy and the rule of law”. 2 of the officials are personal advisors to President Ortega, and the remaining 4 are representatives of the Nicaraguan police force and judicial system. See AS 2020 2563. …

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Current Sanctions

EU

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