Diaz-Balart Applauds Executive Order Imposing Sanctions on Ortega Regime, Calls on Senate to Pass Additional Sanctions
WASHINGTON – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) issued the following statement after President Trump signed an Executive Order imposing sanctions “on individuals and entities involved in an array of malign and destabilizing activities in Nicaragua.” For more than 6 months, the people of Nicaragua have protested Daniel Ortega and his regime for its human rights abuses, oppression, and censorship.
“I commend President Trump for signing a critically important Executive Order that gives the Department of the Treasury and the Department of State greater authority to block the property of those who engage in human rights abuses, contribute to corruption, and destabilize democratic institutions in Nicaragua. After months of violent oppression, media censorship, and egregious human rights abuses, the Ortega regime and its cronies must be held accountable for their crimes. Today’s Executive Order is an important step in promoting democracy, rule of law, and basic human rights for the people of Nicaragua.
“In October, the House passed the Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality (NICA) Act to further tighten sanctions on the Ortega regime. The Senate must act immediately to pass the similar bill, the Nicaragua Human Rights and Anticorruption Act of 2018, which was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, so that we can send additional, tough sanctions authority to the President’s desk. The rapid decline in liberties, human rights, civil society, and basic freedoms in Nicaragua demands swift and decisive action.”