By Maya Lester KC & Michael O’Kane

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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US adopts new Nicaragua sanctions authority

On 24 October, US President Biden signed Executive Order (E.O.) 14088, “Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency With Respect to the Situation in Nicaragua”, amending E.O. 13851. Factsheet & Letter to the Speaker. The new E.O. provides for: sanctions on certain people and entities that operate or have operated in the gold sector of the Nicaraguan economy and …

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OFAC designates Nicaraguan mining company ENIMINAS

OFAC has designated Empresa Nicaraguense de Minas (ENIMINAS), a state-owned Nicaraguan mining company, and Ruy Lopez Delgado, the president of the ENIMINAS board of directors, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13851. The company was established by the Government of Nicaragua in 2017 and it is alleged to funnel profits to private sector partners and kickbacks to government insiders. Press Release …

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US imposes visa restrictions on 93 Nicaraguan officials

The US State Department has imposed visa restrictions on 93 people who are believed to have undermined democracy following Daniel Ortega’s “illegitimate” re-election as President of Nicaragua in November 2021. Those targeted include judges, prosecutors, National Assembly Members and Interior Ministry officials. Press Release.

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Switzerland imposes sanctions on Nicaraguan nationals & entities

Switzerland has designated 7 Nicaraguan nationals and 3 Nicaraguan entities, all of whom were listed by the EU on 10 January 2022. See previous post. Notice & Press Release. Listed people: Camila Antonia Ortega Murillo (daughter of Daniel Ortega/Rosario Murillo, Advisor to the Presidency, Coordinator of the Creative Economy Commission and Director of TV station Canal 13); Laureano Facundo Ortega …

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EU & US Nicaragua designations

EU On 10 January 2022, the same day as the Nicaraguan Presidential inauguration, the EU added 7 people and 3 entities to its Nicaragua sanctions list. Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/22 & Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/24. Press Release. Listed people: Camila Antonia Ortega Murillo; Laureano Facundo Ortega Murillo; Brenda Isabel Rocha Chacón; Cairo Melvin Amador Arrieta; Lumberto Ignacio Campbell Hooker; …

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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

Council Regulation (EU) 2022/1934

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/1935

Consolidated

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/1720

Parent Regulation

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/1720

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/607

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1467

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1800

Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/1943

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

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