The United States government assured that it remains committed to using its tools to hold the “Ortega-Murillo regime” accountable for its “undemocratic and destabilizing” actions in Nicaragua, according to a spokesperson for the voice of america.
In response to a query by the VOA Via email, a spokesperson for the State Department specified that “they were not taking action related to the sanctions”, however, he reiterated the commitment of the Joe Biden administration to continue putting pressure on Managua.
After the protests against President Daniel Ortega in 2018, which were repressed leaving more than 300 deadAccording to human rights organizations, Washington has imposed sanctions against entities and officials close to the circle of the Sandinista president, who returned to power in 2007.
The United States has highlighted that the measures are directed against people accused of violating human rights, as well as people who “undermine democratic institutions.”
At the end of October, the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the United States Department of the Treasury sanctioned the General Directorate of Mines (DGM) of Nicaragua.
These sanctions were given under a new Executive Order signed by President Joe Biden, which expands the authority of the Treasury to “hold the Ortega Murillo regime accountable for its attacks on freedom of expression,” according to the US embassy in Nicaragua.
The Ortega administration has said in this regard that the sanctions represent a violation of human rights and attributes the departure of thousands of Nicaraguans from the country to that reason.
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