US Issues Additional Visa Restrictions on Ortega-Murillo Officials

The United States Department of State (DOS) announced that the Biden administration is imposing visa restrictions on an additional 93 individuals who are part of the Ortega-Murillo regime in Nicaragua.

The sanctions come in the aftermath of President Daniel Ortega’s re-election last year, and accused the Nicaraguan officials of “undermining democracy.”

“The Department of State is taking further steps to impose visa restrictions on an additional 93 individuals believed to have undermined democracy following Daniel Ortega’s illegitimate November 2021 reelection, including judges, prosecutors, National Assembly Members, and Interior Ministry officials,” said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Blinken claimed that judges and prosecutors close to Ortega and his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo, “share complicity” with the government since they engaged in the prosecution and conviction of opposition leaders and human rights defenders.

Blinken also alleges that more than 180 political prisoners are held by the regime,  “With many suffering from a lack of adequate food, proper medical care, and even sunlight,” and added that at least one of the political prisoners has already died, while most are in solitary confinement.

Ortega, now in his fourth term, was not invited to the recent Summit of the Americas in California, as US President Joe Biden’s administration raised concerns about human rights and democracy.

“The regime’s corrupt security and judicial systems arrested and prosecuted these civic leaders and human rights defenders for speaking the truth, practicing courageous journalism, defending their communities,” said Blinken.

The US government, as well as the UN, has called for the release of those who are currently detained by the Ortega-Murillo regime.

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