The most recent pronouncement by the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Jon Piechowski, confirms that it will not relax sanctions against the regime, while the European Union this week, increased the number of officials subject to sanctions.
The representative of the National Assembly of Venezuela to Panama, Fabiola Zavarce, expressed her satisfaction for the continued support received by Venezuela from the international community. “These are clear signs that we are on the right path and the nations of the world certify it. We will continue to insist until we achieve free, credible and auditable elections, the only possible way out of the crisis facing our country,” she said.
For his part, Piechowski assured that sanctions continue to be a valid and applicable tool for those who violate human rights in Venezuela.
In the case of the European Union, last Monday it added 19 prominent Venezuelan officials to the list of those subject to restrictive measures in response to their role in acts and decisions that threaten democracy and the rule of law in the country, or as a consequence of serious human rights violations.
The regimes officials newly included in the list are responsible for undermining the electoral rights of the opposition and the democratic functioning of the National Assembly, and for gross violations of human rights and restrictions of fundamental freedoms. The EU decision brings to 55 the total number of people subject to sanctions, which include travel bans and an assets freeze.
The dictatorship reacts to the measures
This Tuesday the illegitimate Chavista parliament exhorted the usurping executive power, that falls on Nicolás Maduro, to declare persona non grata the ambassador of the European Union in Venezuela, Isabel Brilhante. It is now expected that the regime will implement that recommendation.