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Document 32020R0606

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/606 of 04 May 2020 implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1716 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Nicaragua

ST/6672/2020/INIT

OJ L 139I , 4.5.2020, p. 1–3 (BG, ES, CS, DA, DE, ET, EL, EN, FR, GA, HR, IT, LV, LT, HU, MT, NL, PL, PT, RO, SK, SL, FI, SV)

In force

ELI: http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg_impl/2020/606/oj

4.5.2020   

EN

Official Journal of the European Union

LI 139/1


COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING REGULATION (EU) 2020/606

of 04 May 2020

implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1716 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Nicaragua

THE COUNCIL OF THE EUROPEAN UNION,

Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EU) 2019/1716 of 14 October 2019 concerning restrictive measures in view of the situation in Nicaragua (1), and in particular Article 13(1) thereof,

Having regard to the proposal from the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy,

Whereas:

(1)

On 14 October 2019 the Council adopted Regulation (EU) 2019/1716.

(2)

On 14 October 2019 the Council also adopted conclusions in which it recalled its concern at the deteriorating political and social situation in Nicaragua and firm condemnation of the repression by security forces and pro-government armed groups of political opponents, demonstrators, independent media and civil society organisations that had been ongoing since April 2018. The Union also affirmed its determination to use all its instruments to support a peaceful and negotiated solution to the crisis and its intention to monitor the situation in the country closely in order to react to further deterioration of human rights and the rule of law.

(3)

The Council, underscoring its concerns with regard to the overall situation in respect of human rights and democratic governance, adopted restrictive measures and noted that those measures would be used in a gradual and flexible manner and that specific designations could be added in the event of a continued stalemate and further deterioration in respect of human rights and the rule of law.

(4)

In in view of the continuing grave situation in Nicaragua, six persons should be included in the list of natural and legal persons, entities and bodies subject to restrictive measures set out in Annex I to Regulation (EU) 2019/1716.

(5)

Annex I to Regulation (EU) 2019/1716 should therefore be amended accordingly,

HAS ADOPTED THIS REGULATION:

Article 1

Annex I to Regulation (EU) 2019/1716 is amended as set out in the Annex to this Regulation.

Article 2

This Regulation shall enter into force on the date of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.

Done at Brussels, 04 May 2020.

For the Council

The President

G. GRLIĆ RADMAN


(1)  OJ L 262, 15.10.2019, p. 1.


ANNEX

The following entries are inserted under the heading ‘List of natural and legal persons, entities and bodies referred to in Article 2’ in Annex I to Regulation (EU) 2019/1716:

 

Name

Identifying information

Reasons

Date of listing

‘1.

Ramón Antonio AVELLÁN MEDAL

Date of birth: 11 November 1954

Place of birth: Jinotepe, Nicaragua

Passport number: A0008696

Issued: 17 October 2011

Expires: 17 October 2021

Gender: male

Deputy Director-General of the Nicaraguan National Police (NNP) and former chief of the police in Masaya. Responsible for serious human rights violations and for the repression of civil society and democratic opposition in Nicaragua, including by coordinating the repression of protesters in Masaya in 2018.

4.5.2020

2.

Sonia CASTRO GONZÁLEZ

Date of birth: 29 September 1967

Place of birth: Carazo, Nicaragua

Passport number: A00001526

Issued: 19 November 2019

Expires: 19 November 2028

ID number: 0422909670000N

Gender: female

Special advisor to the President of Nicaragua on health issues and former Minister of Health. Responsible for serious human rights violations and for the repression of civil society and democratic opposition in Nicaragua, including by hindering access to emergency medical assistance for injured civilians involved in demonstrations and ordering hospital staff to report demonstrators who have been brought to hospital by the police.

4.5.2020

3.

Francisco Javier DÍAZ MADRIZ

Date of birth: 3 August 1961

Gender: male

General Director of the Nicaraguan National Police (NNP) since 23 August 2018 and former Deputy General Director of NNP. Responsible for serious human rights violations and for the repression of civil society and democratic opposition in Nicaragua, including by leading police forces committing violence against civilians, including excessive use of force, arbitrary arrests and detentions and torture.

4.5.2020

4.

Néstor MONCADA LAU

Date of birth: 2 March 1954

Gender: male

Personal advisor to the President of Nicaragua on national security matters. In this capacity, he has been directly involved in and responsible for decision-making on national security matters and the establishment of repressive policies carried out by the State of Nicaragua against people taking part in demonstrations, opposition representatives and journalists in Nicaragua from April 2018 onwards.

4.5.2020

5.

Luís PÉREZ OLIVAS

Date of birth: 8 January 1956

Gender: male

General Commissioner and Legal Assistance Main Officer (DAEJ) in the ‘El Chipote’ penitentiary centre. Responsible for serious human rights violations, including torture, use of extensive force, mistreatment of detainees and other forms of degrading treatment.

4.5.2020

6.

Justo PASTOR URBINA

Date of birth: 29 January 1956

Gender: male

Head of Police Special Operations Unit (DOEP). He has been directly involved in the implementation of repressive policies against demonstrators and the opposition in Nicaragua, particularly in Managua. In this context, he is responsible for serious human rights violations and for the repression of civil society and democratic opposition in Nicaragua.

4.5.2020’


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