July 11, 2018: SECO adds 11 to Venezuela sanctions

On Wednesday, Swiss authorities added the following persons to their sanctions program for Venezuela:

SSID: 290-39299 Name: Tareck Zaidan El-Aissami Maddah

DOB: 12 Nov 1974

Justification: Vice President of Economy and Minister for National Industry and Production. As the former Vice President of Venezuela with oversight of the direction of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) Maddah is responsible for the serious human rights violations carried out by the organisation, including arbitrary detention, politically motivated investigations, inhumane and degrading treatment, and torture. He is also responsible for supporting and implementing policies and activities which undermine democracy and the rule of law, including the prohibition of public demonstrations, and heading President Maduro’s “anti-coup command” which has targeted civil society and the democratic opposition. Other information: Vice President of Economy and Minister for National Industry and Production. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018

SSID: 290-39305 Name: Sergio José Rivero Marcano

DOB: 8 Nov 1964

Justification: General Commander of the Bolivarian National Guard until 16 January 2018. Involved in the repression of civil society and democratic opposition in Venezuela, and responsible for serious human rights violations committed by the Bolivarian National Guard under his command, including the excessive use of force, and the arbitrary detention and abuse of civil society and opposition members. His actions and policies as General Commander of the Bolivarian National Guard, including the Bolivarian National Guard assaulting members of the democratically elected National Assembly and intimidating journalists reporting on the fraudulent elections for the illegitimate Constituent Assembly, have undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela. Other information: Inspector General of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018

SSID: 290-39311 Name: Jesús Rafael Suárez Chourio

DOB: 19 Jul 1962

Justification: General Commander of the Venezuelan Bolivarian National Army and former Commander of Venezuela’s Comprehensive Defence Region of the Central Zone (REDI Central). Responsible for human rights violations by forces under his command, including the use of excessive force and the mistreatment of detainees. Has targeted the democratic opposition and supported the use of military courts to try civilian protestors. Other information: General Commander of the Bolivarian Army. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018

SSID: 290-39317 Name: Iván Hernández Dala

DOB: 18 May 1966

Justification: Head of the Directorate-General of Military Counter-Intelligence (DGCIM) since January 2014 and Head of the Presidential Guard since September 2015. As Head of the DGCIM, Iván Hernández Dala is responsible for serious human rights violations and the repression of civil society and democratic opposition committed by members of the DGCIM under his command, including excessive use of force and the ill-treatment of detainees. Other information: Head of Directorate-General of Military Counter-Intelligence. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018

SSID: 290-39323 Name: Delcy Eloina Rodríguez Gómez

DOB: 18 May 1969

Justification: Vice President of Venezuela, former President of the illegitimate Constituent Assembly and former member of the Presidential Commission for the illegitimate National Constituent Assembly. Her actions on the Presidential Commission and then as President of the illegitimate Constituent Assembly have undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela, including usurping the powers of the National Assembly and using them to target the opposition and prevent them taking part in the political process. Other information: Vice President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018

SSID: 290-39329 Name: Elías José Jaua Milano

DOB: 16 Dec 1969

Justification: Minister of Popular Power for Education. Former President of the Presidential Commission for the illegitimate National Constituent Assembly. Responsible for undermining democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela through his role in leading the establishment of the illegitimate Constituent Assembly. Other information: Minister of Popular Power for Education. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018

SSID: 290-39335 Name: Sandra Oblitas Ruzza

DOB: 7 Jun 1969

Justification: Vice President of the National Electoral Council (CNE) and President of the Commission of the Electoral and Civilian Register. Responsible for the CNE’s activities which have undermined democracy in Venezuela, including facilitating the establishment of the illegitimate Constituent Assembly and manipulation of the electoral process. Other information: Vice President of National Electoral Council. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018

SSID: 290-39341 Name: Freddy Alirio Bernal Rosales

DOB: 16 Jun 1962

Justification: Head of the National Control Centre of the Committee for Local Supply and Production (CLAP) and Commissioner General of SEBIN. Responsible for undermining democracy through manipulation of CLAP programme distributions amongst voters. Additionally, as Commissioner General of SEBIN, he is responsible for SEBIN’s activities which include serious human rights violations such as arbitrary detention. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018

SSID: 290-39346 Name: Katherine Nayarith Harrington Padrón

DOB: 5 Dec 1971

Justification: Deputy Prosecutor General (also translated as Deputy Attorney General) since July 2017. Appointed Deputy Prosecutor General by the Supreme Court in violation of the Constitution, rather than by the National Assembly. Responsible for undermining democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela, including by initiating politically-motivated prosecutions and failing to investigate allegations of human rights violations by the Maduro regime. Other information: Deputy Prosecutor General (also translated as Deputy Attorney General). Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018

SSID: 290-39352 Name: Socorro Elizabeth Hernández Hernández

DOB: 11 Mar 1952

Justification: Member (Rector) of the National Electoral Council (CNE) and member of the National Electoral Board (JNE). Responsible for the CNE’s activities which have undermined democracy in Venezuela, including facilitating the establishment of the illegitimate Constituent Assembly and manipulation of the electoral process in relation to a cancelled presidential recall election in 2016, postponement of gubernatorial elections in 2016, and the relocation of polling stations at short notice before gubernatorial elections in 2017. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018

SSID: 290-39357 Name: Xavier Antonio Moreno Reyes

Justification: Secretary-General of the National Electoral Council (CNE). Responsible for approving CNE decisions which have undermined democracy in Venezuela, including facilitating the establishment of the illegitimate Constituent Assembly and manipulation of the electoral process. Other information: Secretary-General of the National Electoral Council. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018

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