The US Department of Commerce added the Nicaraguan National Police to the US government’s export control list. This measure comes after the Joe Biden administration issued its annual report on human rights, in which it states that the police institution was part of the serious human rights abuses in the Central American country.
The designation on the Commerce Department’s Entity List prohibits US companies from selling US technology without a hard-to-obtain permit. Entities from Burma, Russia and China were also included in the list, these last two countries are allies of the regime of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo.
“The US government has determined that these eleven entities are acting against the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. In this rule, the Department of Commerce also amends the Export Administration Regulations to explicitly confirm that the foreign policy interest of protecting human rights throughout the world is a basis for adding entities to the Entity List.” official communication.
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The Biden government determined to add the Nicaraguan Police to the List of Entities for “participating in activities contrary to the interests of US foreign policy. This addition is made because the PNN is responsible or complicit, or has participated directly or indirectly in serious human rights abuses in Nicaragua.”
The Department of Commerce notes that “these activities are contrary to the foreign policy interests of the United States” and imposes a license requirement for all items subject to this regulation and “will review license applications under a presumption of denial.”
“The protection of human rights around the world is a foreign policy interest that is considered when assessing whether the activities of an entity, and those acting on behalf of said entity, are contrary to national security or foreign policy. of the United States”, highlights the North American institution.