US Cancels Visas for Over 100 Officials From Nicaragua for Undermining Democracy

September 2, 2023BY Divine Visas ( 0 ) Comment

US authorities have announced that the country has decided to impose restrictions on several Nicaraguan officials because of their role in supporting the regime of President Daniel Ortega. The US State Department announced that the restrictions were imposed on Saturday
and applied to more than 100 Nicaraguan agents according to Divine associates ltd.

Foreign Minister Antony Blinken wrote on his official social media account that the officials against whom the restrictions would apply had been complicit in the violation of human rights and the undermining of democracy in Nicaragua.

Blinker further stressed that the United States urges the regime to release Bishop Álvarez and all others unjustly imprisoned as soon as possible.

“The Department of State has taken steps to impose visa restrictions on 100 Nicaraguan officials, which limits the human rights of Nicaraguans and undermines democracy.”

We call on the regime to immediately and unconditionally release Msgr. Álvarez and all those who are unjustly detained, Blinken said on his official Twitter account.

As the Associated Press explains, Bishop Rolando Álvaro, an outspoken critic of the Nicaraguan government, was arrested by the Ortega regime on charges of aiding antigovernmental protesters.

Bishop Álvaro was sentenced to 26 years in prison earlier this year for refusing to board a plane carrying exiles to the United States. IN addition to the above, the Associated Press further explains that Ortega has also jailed dozens of opposition figures to win a fourth term in the 2021 election. Ortega has also banned several non-governmental organizations. This is not the first time the United States has imposed restrictions on Nicaraguan officials.

The State Department had previously revoked the visas of senior Nicaraguan officials, as well as judges who convicted opposition leaders and lawmakers who helped ban civic groups and various NGOs. The State Department previously imposed visa restrictions on a total of 116 people connected to the Ortega regime.

University administrators, mayors, police officers, prosecutors, prison officials and military officials were among those subject to visa restrictions.

In addition, the Treasury Department also froze the US assets of the Secretary of Defense and other military, mining and telecommunications officials. With many Nicaraguan officials already under severe sanctions, EU citizens no longer have the right to deal with them.

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