Sanctions Top-5 for the week ending 26 February 2021

  1. The US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) named Saudi Arabia’s former Deputy Head of General Intelligence Presidency and the country’s Rapid Intervention Force, a royal protective detail, as Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs) under Executive Order 13818 (Global Magnitsky) for their roles in the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. (OFAC sanctioned 17 individuals involved in the case in November 2018.) Meanwhile, the US State Department announced visa restrictions on 76 Saudi individuals as part of a new “Khashoggi Ban” program targeting individuals “believed to have been directly engaged in serious, extraterritorial counter-dissident activities” on behalf of foreign governments.
  2. OFAC named two additional members of Myanmar’s State Administrative Council as SDNs under Executive Order 14014. According to a State Department news release, the sanctions follow a violent crackdown against protesters and mass arrests after the country’s military coup in early February 2021.
  3. EU Minister for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell announced that the EU Council agreed to impose sanctions on individuals responsible for the “arrest, sentencing and persecution” of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, under the recently created EU Global Human Rights Sanctions program.
  4. The EU Council added 19 individuals to the EU Sanctions List for their roles in undermining democracy and violating human rights in Venezuela.
  5. The US State Department announced visa bans against the former Prosecutor General of the Slovak Republic and his son pursuant to Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act. According to a State Department news release, the former official “was involved in corrupt acts that undermined rule of law and the Slovak public’s faith in their government’s democratic institutions, officials, and public processes.”

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