The European Council announced on Thursday the decision to extend for one year, until November 2021, the sanctions against Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship for being responsible for the continuing political, economic, social and humanitarian crisis.
In a short official note, the European Council noted that persistent actions against democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights are added to this situation.
The sanctions whose application lasted for a year include the embargo on the sale of arms and repression equipment, as well as the freezing of possible assets of 36 officials whom the EU holds responsible for human rights violations or attacks on democracy and the rule of law.
Those 36 officials are also banned from entering European territory.
The decision to extend the sanctions will be published in Friday’s edition of the official EU gazette.