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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OFAC lists 3 Nicaraguan officials

OFAC has designated 3 senior Nicaraguan officials under Executive Order 13851 on the basis that they are “responsible for co-opting judicial or financial reporting mechanisms to support the Ortega regime’s systematic identification, intimidation, and punishment of political opposition”. See Notice. In his position as Vice-President of the Nicaragua Supreme Court of Justice, Marvin Ramiro Aguilar Garcia “ensures regime supporters are …

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Third countries align with EU Nicaragua and cyber-attacks sanctions

In October 2020, the EU Council adopted: Decision (CFSP) 2020/1467, which renewed sanctions in respect of Nicaragua for 1 year; and Decision (CFSP) 2020/1537, which designated 2 Russian nationals and 1 entity for their involvement in the 2015 cyber-attack on the German Parliament. North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Iceland, Norway, Ukraine and Georgia have aligned themselves with both decisions. Bosnia and …

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US renews Nicaragua sanctions for 1 year

In 2018, the US adopted Executive Order 13851, which declared a national emergency in respect of the Nicaraguan government’s “systematic dismantling and undermining of democratic institutions and the rule of law, its use of indiscriminate violence and repressive tactics against civilians, as well as its corruption”. President Trump has now extended the national emergency as declared, which renews the sanctions on …

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EU Commission guidance on Covid-19 humanitarian aid to Nicaragua

The EU Commission has expanded its guidance note on the provision of Covid-19-related humanitarian aid and medical assistance to countries subject to EU sanctions to include a chapter on Nicaragua. The Commission has published 3 other chapters of the guidance on Syria (published in May 2020), and Iran and Venezuela (published in October 2020), see post and post. The guidance …

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US imposes travel ban on former Nicaraguan President

The US has imposed a travel ban on former Nicaraguan President Arnoldo Aleman due to his alleged involvement in significant corruption. During his presidency (1997 to 2002), Mr Aleman is said to have misappropriated millions of dollars of public funds for the benefit of himself and members of his family. The designations were made under s. 7031(c) of the Department of …

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Current Sanctions

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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)