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November 27, 2020: SECO amends 31 individual Venezuela sanctions listings

On Friday, Swiss regulators updated the following individuals:

SSID: 290-38374 Name: Néstor Luis Reverol Torres
Sex: M DOB: 28 Oct 1964
Justification: Minister for Interior, Justice and Peace 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 GuardGuard, he was promoted to General in Chief of the Bolivarian National Guard in Aug 2020. Responsible for serious human rights violations, including the torture of (political) prisoners, and the repression of the democratic opposition in Venezuela, including the prohibition and repression of political demonstrations, committed by security forces under his command. Modifications: Listed on 28 Mar 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019, 22 Nov 2019, 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-38379 Name: Gustavo Enrique González López
Sex: M DOB: 2 Nov 1960
Justification: Reappointed as Head of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) on 30 Apr 2019. Formerly Security and Intelligence Adviser for the President’sPresident’s office from 8 Jan 2019 to 30 Apr 2019 and Head of SEBIN until Oct 2018. As Head of SEBIN, responsible for serious human rights violations (including arbitrary detention, inhuman and degrading treatment, and torture) and the repression of civil society and the democratic opposition in Venezuela. Modifications: Listed on 28 Mar 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019, 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-38384 Name: Tibisay Lucena Ramírez
Sex: W DOB: 26 Apr 1959
Justification: President of the National Electoral Council (Consejo Nacional Electoral (CNE)).or CNE) from Apr 2006 until Jun 2020. Her actions and policies have undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela, including by failing to ensure that the CNE remains an impartial and independent institution in accordance with the Venezuelan Constitution, 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, 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-38389 Name: Antonio José Benavides Torres
Sex: M DOB: 13 Jun 1961
Justification: Chief of the Capital District (Distrito Capital) Government until Jan 2018. General Commander of the Bolivarian National Guard until 21 Jun 2017. 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. His actions and policies as General Commander of the Bolivarian National Guard, including the Bolivarian National Guard taking the lead in the policing of civilian demonstrations and publicly advocating that military courts should have jurisdiction over civilians, have undermined the rule of law in Venezuela. Modifications: Listed on 28 Mar 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019, 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-38394 Name: Maikel José Moreno Pérez
Sex: M DOB: 12 Dec 1965
Justification: President, and former Vice President, of the Supreme Court of Justice of Venezuela (Tribunal Supremo de Justicia). In these roles, he has supported and facilitated the Government’sGovernment’s actions and policies which have undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela, and is responsible for actions and statements that have usurped the authority of the National AssemblyAssembly, including the appointment of the National Electoral Council (CNE) in Jun 2020 and the suspension and replacement of the leadership boards of three opposition parties in Jun and Jul 2020. Modifications: Listed on 28 Mar 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019, 27 Nov 2020
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 in 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 government 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, 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-39299 Name: Tareck Zaidan El-Aissami Maddah
Sex: M DOB: 12 Nov 1974
Justification: Vice President of Economy and Minister forof the Popular Power of Petroleum as well as National Industry and Production. As the former Vice President of Venezuela with oversight of the direction of the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) MaddahSEBIN), El-Aissami is responsible for the serious human rights violations carried out by the organisation, including arbitrary detentiondetentions, 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’sMaduro’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, amended on 7 Aug 2019, 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-39305 Name: Sergio José Rivero Marcano
Sex: M DOB: 8 Nov 1964
Justification: Inspector General of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), General Commander of the Bolivarian National Guard until 16 Jan 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, amended on 7 Aug 2019, 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-39311 Name: Jesús Rafael Suárez Chourio
Sex: M DOB: 19 Jul 1962
Justification: Commander in Chief of the Venezuelan Bolivarian National Army andArmy. Former Chief of the General Staff to the Commander-in-Chief. FormerCommander-in-Chief, former 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 serious human rights violations by forces under his command during his tenure as General Commander of the Venezuelan Bolivarian National Army, including the use of excessive force and the mistreatment of detainees. He has targeted the democratic opposition and supported the use of military courts to try civilian protestors. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019, 22 Nov 2019, 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-39317 Name: Iván Hernández Dala
Sex: M DOB: 18 May 1966
Justification: Head of the Directorate-General of Military Counter-Intelligence (DGCIM) since Jan 2014 and Head of the Presidential Guard since Sep 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 excessivethe use of excessive force and the ill-treatment of detainees. Other information: Head of Directorate-General of Military Counter-Intelligence. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019, 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-39323 Name: Delcy Eloina Rodríguez Gómez
Sex: W 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, amended on 7 Aug 2019, 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-39335 Name: Sandra Oblitas Ruzza
Sex: W DOB: 7 Jun 1969
Justification: Rector of the Universidad Bolivariana de Venezuela. Former Vice President of the National Electoral Council (CNE) and former President of the Commission of the Electoral and Civilian Register. Responsible for the CNE’sCNE’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, amended on 7 Aug 2019, 27 Nov 2020
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 the 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.Responsibleprosecutors. 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, amended on 7 Aug 2019, 22 Nov 2019, 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-39346 Name: Katherine Nayarith Harrington Padrón
Sex: W DOB: 5 Dec 1971
Justification: Deputy Prosecutor General (also translated as Deputy Attorney General) from Jul 2017 until Oct 2018. 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, amended on 7 Aug 2019, 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-39352 Name: Socorro Elizabeth Hernández Hernández
Sex: W DOB: 11 Mar 1952
Justification: Member (Rector) of the National Electoral Council (CNE) until 12 Jun 2020 and member of the National Electoral Board (JNE). Responsible for the CNE’sCNE’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, amended on 7 Aug 2019, 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-39357 Name: Xavier Antonio Moreno Reyes
Sex: M
Justification: Secretary-General of the National Electoral Council (CNE). ResponsibleCNE) from 2009 until Jun 2020. In this role responsible for approving CNE decisions which have undermined democracy in Venezuela, including facilitating the establishment of the illegitimate Constituent Assembly and the manipulation of the electoral process. Other information: Secretary-General of the National Electoral Council. Modifications: Listed on 10 Jul 2018, amended on 7 Aug 2019, 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-40995 Name: NestorNéstor 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, 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-41001 Name: Rafael RamonRamón Blanco Marrero
Sex: M DOB: 28 Feb 1968 Identification document: ID card No. V-6250588, Venezuela Justification: Deputy Director of the Directorate-General of Military Counter-Intelligence (Dirección General de Contrainteligencia Militar (DGCIM)) since at least Dec 2018 and Division General of the Venezuelan Bolivarian National Army since 5 Jul 2019. Responsible for serious human rights violations, including torture, the use of excessive force and the mistreatment of detainees in DGCIM facilities, that were committed by DGCIM officials under his command. Linked to the death of Captain Acosta. Modifications: Listed on 11 Oct 2019, amended on 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-41007 Name: Carlos Alberto CalderonCalderón Chirinos
Sex: M Identification document: ID card No. V-10352300, Venezuela
Justification: Senior office holder (referred to as Commissioner, Director and Director GeneralDirector-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, 22 Nov 2019, 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-41011 Name: Alexis Enrique Escalona Marrero
Sex: M DOB: 12 Oct 1962
Justification: Chief in Charge of the National Office Against Organized Crime and Terrorist Financing (ONDOFT).ONDOFT) from Jan 2018 until May 2019. National Commander of the National Anti-Extortion and Kidnapping Command (Comando Nacional Antiextorsión y Secuestro (CONAS)) between 2014 and 2017. Responsible for serious human rights violations, including torture, excessivethe use of excessive force and the mistreatment of detainees by members of CONAS under his command. Also responsible for the repression of civil society by members of CONAS under his command. Modifications: Listed on 11 Oct 2019, amended on 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-41016 Name: Rafael Antonio Franco Quintero
Sex: M DOB: 14 Oct 1973 Identification document: ID card No. V-11311672, Venezuela Justification: Agent in the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN). Head of Security at Maiquetía International Airport. Head of Investigations at the Directorate-General of Military Counter-Intelligence (Dirección General de Contrainteligencia Militar (DGCIM)) between at least 2017 and Dec 2018. Responsible for serious human rights violations, including torture, excessivethe use of excessive force and the ill-treatment of detainees in DGCIM facilities by members of the DGCIM under his command. Also responsible for the repression of civil society and democratic opposition by members of the DGCIM under his command. Linked to the death of Captain Acosta. Modifications: Listed on 11 Oct 2019, amended on 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-41022 Name: Alexander Enrique Granko Arteaga
Sex: M DOB: 25 Mar 1981 Identification document: ID card No. V-14970215, Venezuela Justification: Head (Director) of the Special Affairs Division (DAE) of the Directorate- General of Military Counter-Intelligence (Dirección General de Contrainteligencia Militar (DGCIM)). Promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel of the Bolivarian National Guard on 1 Jul 2020. Responsible for serious human rights violations, including torture, excessivethe use of excessive force causing death and injury and the ill-treatment of detainees in DGCIM facilities committed by himself and alsoby officials under his command. Also responsible for the repression of civil society by members of DGCIM under his command, as well as being directly involved in such repression. Linked to the death of Captain Acosta. Modifications: Listed on 11 Oct 2019, amended on 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-41028 Name: Hannover Esteban Guerrero Mijares
Sex: M DOB: 14 Jan 1971
Justification: Head of Investigations at the Directorate-General of Military Counter- Intelligence (Dirección General de Contrainteligencia Militar (DGCIM)) from at least Apr 2019 to Aug 2019. As Head of Investigations, he supervised the DGCIM facility in Boleita. Responsible for serious human rights violations, including torture, excessivethe use of excessive force and the ill-treatment of detainees committed by himhimself and also by officials under his command, particularly in Boleita. Linked to the death of Captain Acosta. Modifications: Listed on 11 Oct 2019, amended on 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-42931 Name: José Adelino Ornelas Ferreira
Sex: M DOB: 14 Dec 1964 POB: Caracas, Distrito Capital, Venezuela Good quality a.k.a.: a) José Adelino Ornella Ferreira b) José Adelino Ornellas Ferreira Identification document: ID card No. V-7087964, Venezuela
Justification: Secretary-General of the National Defence Council since 26 Jul 2019 and formerChief of the General Staff to the Commander-in-Chief since Sep 2020. Former commander of the National Capital Integral Strategic Defence Region (REDI Capital), former Chief of Staff and former Second-in-Command of the Operational and Strategic Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces of Venezuela (CEOFANB). In these roles he has supported and facilitated actions and policies of the Government of Venezuela which have undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela. Responsible for serious human rights violations and the repression of civil society and democratic opposition in Venezuela, including by obstructing the provision of humanitarian aid and by the use of excessive force by officials of the Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB), and by subordinate forces under his command, including the Integral Strategic Defence Region (REDI), the Integral Defence Operations Zone (ZODI) and the Bolivarian National Guard. Modifications: Listed on 7 Jul 2020, amended on 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-42942 Name: Gladys del Valle Requena
Sex: W DOB: 9 Nov 1952 POB: Puerto Santo, Sucre, Venezuela Identification document: ID card No. V-4114842, Venezuela
Justification: Member and, since 26 Oct 2018, the Second Vice-President of the non- recognised National Constituent Assembly (ANC). In her leading role in the non-recognised ANC, she has undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela including by signing the decree that stripped the president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, of his parliamentary immunity. Modifications: Listed on 7 Jul 2020, amended on 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-42950 Name: Tania Valentina DiazDíaz González
Sex: W DOB: 18 Jun 1963 POB: Caracas, Distrito Capital, Venezuela Identification document: ID card No. V-6432672, Venezuela
Justification: Member and, since 4 Jan 2018, the First Vice-President of the non- recognised National Constituent Assembly (ANC). In her leading role in the non-recognised ANC she has undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela, including by signing the decree that stripped the president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, of his parliamentary immunity. Modifications: Listed on 7 Jul 2020, amended on 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-42957 Name: Elvis Eduardo Hidrobo Amoroso
Sex: M DOB: 4 Aug 1963 POB: Caracas, Distrito Capital, Venezuela Identification document: ID card No. V-7659695, Venezuela
Justification: Comptroller General, since 23 Oct 2018, and former First and Second Vice- President of the non-recognised National Constituent Assembly (ANC). His actions have undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela, including by leading the non- recognisednon-recognised ANC, signing the ‘law“law against hatred’hatred”, justifying the removal of a legally-elected opposition governor and banning Juan Guaidó from running for any public office. Modifications: Listed on 7 Jul 2020, amended on 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-42964 Name: Juan José Mendoza Jover
Sex: M DOB: 11 Mar 1969 POB: Trujillo, Venezuela Address: Arnoldo GabaldonGabaldón, Candelaria, Edo. Trujillo Identification document: ID card No. V-9499372, Venezuela Justification: Second Vice-President of the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (Tribunal Supremo de Justicia (TSJ)) and President of the Constitutional Chamber of the TSJ since 24 Feb 2017. His actions have undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela, including by a number of judicial rulings in the past two years that have limited or undermined the constitutional powers of Venezuela’s democratically-elected legislative body, the National Assembly. Modifications: Listed on 7 Jul 2020, amended on 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-42974 Name: Jorge Elieser MarquezMárquez Monsalve
Sex: M DOB: 20 Feb 1971 POB: Caracas, Venezuela Identification document: ID card No. V-8714253, Venezuela
Justification: Director-General of the National Commission of Telecommunications (CONATEL) since 7 Aug 2017. His actions have undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela, including by severely limiting the rights of the Venezuelan people to free press, free speech and information. He used the special powers of CONATEL to silence criticism and dissidents of the regime by blocking, filtering and obstructing internet websites and by revoking existing licences for radio and television stations and refusing to grant new such licences. Modifications: Listed on 7 Jul 2020, amended on 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-42998 Name: Franklyn Leonardo Duarte
Sex: M DOB: 15 May 1977 Identification document: ID card No. V-3304045, Venezuela Justification: Member and illegitimately elected first Vice-President of the National Assembly. As a member of the National Assembly, he staged his election as the first Vice- President of the National Assembly on 5 Jan 2020, thereby undermining democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela. The election took place while entry of several parliamentarians to the premises of the National Assembly was blocked by military police, and without a quorum being reached. Therefore, opposition members had to organise themselves outside of the premises of the National Assembly to re-elect Juan Guaidó as its President. Shortly after the staged election of Duarte, supported by the regime’s political party (PSUV), the election of the Board of Directors of the National Assembly was welcomed by Maduro and the non- recognised National Constituent Assembly (ANC). Modifications: Listed on 7 Jul 2020, amended on 27 Nov 2020
SSID: 290-43004 Name: José Gregorio Noriega Figueroa
Sex: M DOB: 21 Feb 1969 Identification document: ID card No. V-8348784, Venezuela Justification: Member and illegitimately elected second Vice-President of the National Assembly. Illegitimately appointed director of the ad-hoc board of political party Voluntad Popular. As a member of the National Assembly he staged his election as the second Vice- President of the National Assembly on 5 Jan 2020, thereby undermining democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela. The election took place while entry of several parliamentarians to the premises of the National Assembly was blocked by military police, and without a quorum being reached. Therefore opposition members had to organise themselves outside of the premises of the National Assembly to re-elect Juan Guaidó as its President. Shortly after the staged election of Noriega, supported by the regime’s political party (PSUV), the election of the Board of Directors of the National Assembly was welcomed by Maduro and the non- recognised National Constituent Assembly (ANC).ANC). In Jul 2020, Noriega, helped by the Venezuelan Supreme Court of Justice (Tribunal Supremo de Justicia (TSJ)), illegitimately took over the leadership of the political party Voluntad Popular, thereby further undermining democracy in Venezuela. Modifications: Listed on 7 Jul 2020, amended on 27 Nov 2020

sanctioned under their Venezuela sanctions programs.

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