24 Feb 2021
EU foreign ministers on Monday imposed sanctions on 19 leading Venezuelan officials accused of undermining democracy or violating human rights in the South American country.
The officials — which include high-ranking generals and other army commanders as well as supreme court judges and senior politicians from the regime of strongman Nicolás Maduro — were hit with travel bans and asset freezes “in view of the deteriorating situation in Venezuela following the December 2020 elections,” the Council of the EU said in a statement.
The December elections for a new Venezuelan National Assembly have been widely criticized as undemocratic and were boycotted by large parts of the opposition, including main opposition leader Juan Guaidó. EU foreign ministers adopted conclusions last month saying that the elections “failed to comply with the international standards for a democratic process” and cannot be recognized as credible.
By Hans Von Der Burchard, Politico, 22 February 2021
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