Sanctions Top-5 for the week ending 24 July 2020

  1. The US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) named two Venezuelan brothers as Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs) under Executive Order 13692 for their support of the Nicolás Maduro government and Maduro’s son, Nicolás Ernesto Maduro Guerra. According to the OFAC news release, Santiago Jose Moron Hernandez and Ricardo Jose Moron Hernandez conduct business on behalf of Maduro Guerra and also facilitated the sale of Venezuelan gold.
  2. The US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) added 11 Chinese companies to the Entity List for being “implicated in human rights violations and abuses” in China’s Xinjiang Ughur Autonomous Region (XUAR). The targets include textile and apparel makers accused of using forced labor in the XUAR.
  3. The US State Department issued a US visa ban on the leader of the Chechen Republic, his wife, and his daughters under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2020. According to the State Department announcement, Ramzan Kadyrov “is responsible for numerous gross violations of human rights dating back more than a decade, including torture and extrajudicial killings.”
  4. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the extradition from Cyprus of two individuals, including a Lebanese national accused of laundering drug proceeds on behalf of Hezbollah. According to the DOJ news release, the Lebanese individual was arrested after arriving at Cyprus’ Larnaca International Airport in March 2019.
  5. Reuters reported that 43 United Nations Member States filed a complaint to the Security Council committee on North Korea sanctions alleging that North Korea has exceeded the annual cap on importation of refined petroleum set in Security Council Resolution 2397 (2017) of 22 December 2017.

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