The Council of the European Union announced on Monday additional sanctions against 19 officials of Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship for their direct involvement in acts against democracy, the rule of law and human rights violations.
The multilateral organization indicated that “this decision is derived from the Council’s conclusions of January 25th, 2021, which indicated that the EU was willing to adopt additional specific restrictive measures in view of the deterioration of the situation in Venezuela after the elections of December 2020.”
“The people added to the list in particular are responsible, for undermining the electoral rights of the opposition and the democratic functioning of the National Assembly, and for serious violations of human rights and restrictions on fundamental freedoms,” reads part of the text disclosed to the media.
Today’s decision brings to 55 the total number of people subject to sanctions, which include travel bans and freezing of assets.
“These specific measures are designed so as not to have adverse humanitarian effects or unintended consequences for the Venezuelan population, and they can be reversed,” the European Council clarified.
“The EU will continue to collaborate and work with all interested parties in Venezuela to promote peaceful dialogue and a democratic and sustainable solution to the crises in the country,” it concluded.
The new officials sanctioned are:
The Justices of the null and void TSJ: Luis Fernando Damiani, Calixto Ortega, Lourdes Suárez, René Degraves, Arcadio Delgado, Carmen Zuleta
The Illegitimate rectors of the CNE: Indira Alfonso, Leonardo Morales, Tania D’Amelio,
The Director of the FAES, José Miguel Dominguez
The Deputy Director of the DGCIM, Carlos Carvallo.
Jesús Vásquez, Attorney General of the Military Prosecutor’s Office.
Carlos Terán, director of the Special Investigation Directorate of Criminal and Criminalistics of the DGCIM.
Manuel Pérez Urdaneta, Vice Minister of Internal Relations and Justice.
Douglas Rico, Director of the CICPC.