SECO amends 8 Venezuela designations

Earlier today, Swiss officials updated the listings for the following 8 individuals designated under their Venezuela sanctions program:

SSID: 290-38374 Name: Néstor Luis Reverol Torres

Sex: M DOB: 28 Oct 1964

Justification: Minister for Interior, Justice and Peace; formerPeace since 2016. Also appointed as Vice-President of Public Works and Services and Executive Secretary of the Electrical General Staff in Apr 2019. Former Commander General of the Bolivarian National Guard. Responsible for serious human rights violationsviolations, including torture of (political) prisoners, and repression of the democratic opposition in Venezuela, including the prohibition and repression of political demonstrationsdemonstrations, committed by security forces under his command. Modifications: Listed on 28 Mar 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019, 22 Nov 2019

SSID: 290-38384 Name: Tibisay Lucena Ramírez

Sex: W DOB: 26 Apr 1959

Justification: President of the National Electoral Council (Consejo Nacional Electoral – CNE).(CNE)). Her actions and policies have undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela, including by facilitating the establishment of the Constituent Assembly by failing to ensure that the CNE remains an impartial and independent institution in accordance with the Venezuelan ConstitutionConstitution thereby facilitating the establishment of the Constituent Assembly and the re-election of Nicolás Maduro in May 2018 through presidential elections that were neither free nor fair. Modifications: Listed on 28 Mar 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019, 22 Nov 2019

SSID: 290-38399 Name: Tarek William Saab Halabi

Sex: M DOB: 10 Sep 1963 POB: El Tigre, Anzoátegui state, Venezuela

Justification: Venezuelan Attorney General appointed by the Constituent Assembly. In this role, and previous roles as Ombudsman and President of the Republican Moral Council, he has undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela by publicly supporting actions against opponents of the Governmentgovernment of Venezuela and the withdrawal of competences from the National Assembly. Modifications: Listed on 28 Mar 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019, 22 Nov 2019

SSID: 290-39311 Name: Jesús Rafael Suárez Chourio

Sex: M DOB: 19 Jul 1962

Justification: Commander in Chief of the Venezuelan Bolivarian National Army and Chief of the General Staff to the Commander-in-Chief. Former General Commander of the Venezuelan Bolivarian National Army and former Commander of Venezuela’sVenezuela’s Comprehensive Defence Region of the Central Zone (REDI Central). Responsible for serious human rights violations by forces under his commandcommand during his tenure as General Commander of the Venezuelan Bolivarian National Army, including the use of excessive force and the mistreatment of detainees. HasHe 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, amended on 7 Aug 2019, 22 Nov 2019

SSID: 290-39329 Name: Elías José Jaua Milano

Sex: M DOB: 16 Dec 1969

Justification: Former 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, amended on 7 Aug 2019, 22 Nov 2019

SSID: 290-39341 Name: Freddy Alirio Bernal Rosales

Sex: M DOB: 16 Jun 1962 POB: San Cristóbal, Táchira state, Venezuela

Justification: Head of the National Control Centre of the Committee for Local Supply and Production (CLAP) and Protector of Táchira State. Also a Commissioner General of SEBIN. Responsiblethe Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN). As Head of the CLAP and Protector of Táchira State he can call upon Special Forces (FAES) and is able to influence appointments of judges and prosecutors.Responsible for undermining democracy through manipulation of CLAP programme distributions amongst voters. Additionally, as Commissioner General of SEBIN, he is responsible for SEBIN’sSEBIN’s activities which include serious human rights violations such as arbitrary detention. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019, 22 Nov 2019

SSID: 290-40995 Name: Nestor Neptali Blanco Hurtado

Sex: M DOB: 26 Sep 1982 Identification document: ID card No. V-15222057, Venezuela Justification: Major in the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB), operated alongside officials in the Directorate-General of Military Counter-Intelligence (Dirección General de Contrainteligencia Militar (DGCIM)) since at least Dec 2017. Responsible for serious human rights violations, including torture, the use of excessive force and the mistreatment of detainees in DGCIM facilities. Modifications: Listed on 11 Oct 2019, amended on 22 Nov 2019

SSID: 290-41007 Name: Carlos CalderonAlberto Calderon Chirinos

Sex: M Identification document: ID card No. V-10352300, Venezuela

Justification: Senior office holder (referred to as Commissioner, Director and Director General) in the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN). Responsible for serious human rights violations, including torture, the use of excessive force and the mistreatment of detainees in SEBIN facilities. In particular, he participated in and was responsible for acts of torture and the cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of detainees in El Helicoide, a SEBIN prison. Modifications: Listed on 11 Oct 2019, amended on 22 Nov 2019

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