EU Sanctions Eight More Nicaraguan Officials, Including First Lady

The European Union (EU) has imposed sanctions on eight more Nicaraguan officials, including first lady and Vice President Rosario Murillo, for serious human rights violations or undermining democracy amid a crackdown on opposition figures.

The Council of the EU announced on Aug. 2 that it has now imposed sanctions on a total of 14 individuals.

The measures include an asset freeze and a travel ban, blocking those designated from entering or traveling through EU territories.

The sanctions also prohibit EU citizens and companies from funding the targeted individuals.

“These measures are targeted at individuals and are designed in this way not to harm the Nicaraguan population or the Nicaraguan economy,” the EU said in a statement.

“Today’s additional sanctions demonstrate that the EU continues standing ready to use all its instruments to support a democratic, peaceful, and negotiated solution to the political crisis in Nicaragua,” the EU further said.

The move came after Nicaraguan authorities arrested a seventh potential presidential candidate last weekend, which the EU said “sadly illustrates the magnitude of the repression in Nicaragua and projects a grim picture for the upcoming elections.”

In the past two months, Nicaraguan police have arrested over 20 opposition figures and several potential presidential candidates for the Nov. 7 elections.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is seeking a fourth consecutive presidential term. 

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