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SECO adds 19 to Venezuela sanctions

Today, Swiss authorities added the following 19 individuals:

SSID: 290-44371 Name: Remigio Ceballos Ichaso
Sex: M DOB: 1 May 1963 Identification document: ID card No. V-6557495, Venezuela Justification: Commander of the Operational and Strategic Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces of Venezuela (Comando Estratégico Operacional Fuerzas Armadas Nacionales Bolivarianas (CEOFANB)), the highest organ in the Venezuelan Armed Forces, since Jun 2017. CEOFANB controls the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) and the Bolivarian National Guard. CEOFANB is also responsible for coordinating FANB interventions in demonstrations. In his position as commander of CEOFANB responsible for serious human rights violations, including the use of excessive force and inhuman and degrading treatment by officials of the FANB and by subordinate forces under his command, including the Bolivarian National Guard. Various sources, including the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, attribute human rights violations to FANB and the Bolivarian National Guard. Modifications: Listed on 19 Mar 2021
SSID: 290-44378 Name: Omar José Prieto Fernández
Sex: M DOB: 25 May 1969 Identification document: ID card No. V-9761075, Venezuela Justification: Governor of Zulia State since Dec 2017. In this position he has undermined democracy and the rule of law in Zulia State. He was sworn in by the non-recognised National Constituent Assembly (ANC), after the legitimate winner of the election refused to be sworn in by the ANC. Omar José Prieto Fernández actively promoted the non-democratic elections for the National Assembly which took place on 6 Dec 2020. Moreover, in Zulia State he threatened opposition leaders with “house visits” and stated to declare Zulia State independent should an interim government led by Juan Guaidó assume power. Modifications: Listed on 19 Mar 2021
SSID: 290-44384 Name: José Dionisio Brito Rodríguez
Sex: M DOB: 15 Jan 1971 Identification document: ID card No. V-8263861, Venezuela Justification: Member of the non-democratically elected National Assembly and chair of the parliamentary commission that investigates the “actions perpetrated against the Republic” by members of the National Assembly elected in 2015. Furthermore, José Dionisio Brito Rodríguez illegitimately assumed leadership over opposition party Primero Justicia, due to a decision of the Supreme Court in Jun 2020. In 2019, he was expelled from Primero Justicia over corruption allegations. Moreover, as a member of the National Assembly, he participated in the illegitimate election of Luis Eduardo Parra Rivero as the 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. His actions have therefore undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela. Modifications: Listed on 19 Mar 2021
SSID: 290-44390 Name: José Bernabé Gutiérrez Parra
Sex: M DOB: 21 Dec 1952 Identification document: ID card No. V-1565144, Venezuela Justification: Member of the non-democratically elected National Assembly and illegitimate leader of opposition party Acción Democrática. José Bernabé Gutiérrez Parra gained illegitimate control over opposition party Acción Democrática in Jun 2020 via a ruling of the Supreme Court. In contravention of the party’s position prior to his take over, Gutiérrez Parra participated with Acción Democrática in the non-democratic elections of the National Assembly which took place on 6 Dec 2020. Gutiérrez Parra changed the position of the party, used its symbols and participated in the elections and public events such as televised debates. Gutiérrez Parra was expelled from the party by legitimate Acción Democrática members who called his actions conspiracy and betrayal. His actions have therefore undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela. Modifications: Listed on 19 Mar 2021
SSID: 290-44396 Name: Luis Fernando Damiani Bustillos
Sex: M DOB: 27 Apr 1946
Justification: Judge of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court (Tribunal Supremo de Justicia (TSJ)). As a member of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, he is responsible for actions, statements and rulings that have usurped the constitutional powers of the National Assembly and undermined the opposition’s electoral rights including the unilateral appointment by the Supreme Court of the National Electoral Council (Consejo Nacional Electoral (CNE)) in Jun 2020 and the suspension and unilateral replacement of the leadership of three of the main democratic opposition parties in Jun and Jul 2020. His actions have therefore undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela, and he has supported and facilitated the undermining of democracy and the rule of law by the executive’s branch. Modifications: Listed on 19 Mar 2021
SSID: 290-44401 Name: Lourdes Benicia Suárez Anderson
Sex: W DOB: 7 Mar 1965
Justification: Judge of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court (Tribunal Supremo de Justicia (TSJ)). As a member of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, she is responsible for actions, statements and rulings that have usurped the constitutional powers of the National Assembly and undermined the opposition’s electoral rights including the unilateral appointment by the Supreme Court of the National Electoral Council (Consejo Nacional Electoral (CNE)) in Jun 2020 and the suspension and unilateral replacement of the leadership of three of the main democratic opposition parties in Jun and Jul 2020. Her actions have therefore undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela, and she has supported and facilitated the undermining of democracy and the rule of law by the executive’s branch. Modifications: Listed on 19 Mar 2021
SSID: 290-44406 Name: Calixto Antonio Ortega Ríos
Sex: M DOB: 12 Oct 1950
Justification: Judge of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court (Tribunal Supremo de Justicia (TSJ)). As a member of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, he is responsible for actions, statements and rulings that have usurped the constitutional powers of the National Assembly and undermined the opposition’s electoral rights including the unilateral appointment by the Supreme Court of the National Electoral Council (Consejo Nacional Electoral (CNE)) in Jun 2020 and the suspension and unilateral replacement of the leadership of three of the main democratic opposition parties in Jun and Jul 2020. His actions have therefore undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela, and he has supported and facilitated the undermining of democracy and the rule of law by the executive’s branch. Modifications: Listed on 19 Mar 2021
SSID: 290-44411 Name: René Alberto Degraves Almarza
Sex: M
Justification: Judge of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court (Tribunal Supremo de Justicia (TSJ)). As a member of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, he is responsible for actions, statements and rulings that have usurped the constitutional powers of the National Assembly and undermined the opposition’s electoral rights including the unilateral appointment by the Supreme Court of the National Electoral Council (Consejo Nacional Electoral (CNE)) in Jun 2020 and the suspension and unilateral replacement of the leadership of three of the main democratic opposition parties in Jun and Jul 2020. His actions have therefore undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela, and he has supported and facilitated the undermining of democracy and the rule of law by the executive’s branch. Modifications: Listed on 19 Mar 2021
SSID: 290-44415 Name: Arcadio Delgado Rosales
Sex: M DOB: 23 Sep 1954
Justification: Judge and Vice-President of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court (Tribunal Supremo de Justicia (TSJ)). As a member of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, he is responsible for actions, statements and rulings that have usurped the constitutional powers of the National Assembly and undermined the opposition’s electoral rights including the unilateral appointment by the Supreme Court of the National Electoral Council (Consejo Nacional Electoral (CNE)) in Jun 2020 and the suspension and unilateral replacement of the leadership of three of the main democratic opposition parties in Jun and Jul 2020. His actions have therefore undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela, and he has supported and facilitated the undermining of democracy and the rule of law by the executive’s branch. Modifications: Listed on 19 Mar 2021
SSID: 290-44420 Name: Carmen Auxiliadora Zuleta de Merchán
Sex: W DOB: 13 Dec 1947
Justification: Judge of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court (Tribunal Supremo de Justicia (TSJ)). As a member of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, she is responsible for actions, statements and rulings that have usurped the constitutional powers of the National Assembly and undermined the opposition’s electoral rights including the unilateral appointment by the Supreme Court of the National Electoral Council (Consejo Nacional Electoral (CNE)) in Jun 2020 and the suspension and unilateral replacement of the leadership of three of the main democratic opposition parties in Jun and Jul 2020. Her actions have therefore undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela, and she has supported and facilitated the undermining of democracy and the rule of law by the executive’s branch. Modifications: Listed on 19 Mar 2021
SSID: 290-44425 Name: Indira Maira Alfonzo Izaguirre
Sex: W DOB: 29 Apr 1968 POB: La Guaira, La Guaira State, Venezuela Identification document: ID card No. V-6978710, Venezuela
Justification: Chairwoman of the National Electoral Council (Consejo Nacional Electoral (CNE)) since 13 Jun 2020. Former member of the Electoral Chamber and Plenary Chamber of the Supreme Court (Tribunal Supremo de Justicia (TSJ)), Second Vice-Chairwoman of the TSJ from 2015 until 24 Feb 2017, Vice-Chairwoman of the TSJ from 24 Feb 2017 until 12 Jun 2020. As member of the Electoral Chamber of the TSJ, Indira Maira Alfonzo Izaguirre is responsible for the actions taken against the then newly-elected National Assembly in Dec 2015, resulting in the impossibility for the National Assembly to exert its legislative power. Moreover, she accepted her appointment as the chairwoman of the CNE in Jun 2020 by the TSJ although this prerogative belongs to the National Assembly. In this role she prepared and supervised the non-democratic elections of the National Assembly held on 6 Dec 2020 and participated in the change of 30 Jun 2020 to the electoral norms for these elections. Her actions have therefore undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela. Modifications: Listed on 19 Mar 2021
SSID: 290-44433 Name: Leonardo Enrique Morales Poleo
Sex: M
Justification: Vice President of the National Electoral Council (Consejo Nacional Electoral (CNE)) since 7 Aug 2020 and President of the Political Participation and Financing Commission. Leonardo Enrique Morales Poleo was appointed Vice President of the CNE and President of the Political Participation and Financing Commission on 7 Aug 2020 by the Supreme Court (Tribunal Supremo de Justicia (TSJ)) although this prerogative belongs to the National Assembly. Moreover, just before his appointment he served in the Advanced Progressive Party (Avanzada progresista). As member of the CNE, he fully took part in the supervision of the electoral process that led to the non-democratic elections of the National Assembly on 6 Dec 2020. His actions have therefore undermined democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela. Modifications: Listed on 19 Mar 2021
SSID: 290-44437 Name: Tania d’Amelio Cardiet
Sex: W DOB: 5 Dec 1971 POB: Italy Nationality: Venezuela Identification document: ID card No. V-11691429, Venezuela
Justification: Member (Rector) of the National Electoral Council (Consejo Nacional Electoral (CNE)) for the period 2016-2023. Former Member (Rector) of the CNE for the period 2010-2016. Tania d’Amelio Cardiet, as rector of the CNE since 2010, contributed directly by her activity in her functions to the undermining of the democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela, including by preparing the non-democratic 2020 National Assembly elections, participating in the change of 30 Jun 2020 to the electoral norms for these elections, and participating in the organization and execution of the 2018 presidential elections. Moreover, d’Amelio Cardiet accepted her 2016 appointment at the CNE by the Supreme Court (Tribunal Supremo de Justicia (TSJ)), although this prerogative belongs to the National Assembly. Modifications: Listed on 19 Mar 2021
SSID: 290-44445 Name: José Miguel Domínguez Ramírez
Sex: M DOB: 17 Oct 1979 Identification document: ID card No. V-14444352, Venezuela Justification: Director of the Special Action Forces (Fuerzas de Acciones Especiales (FAES)) since 6 May 2019. Former Chief Commissioner of the FAES in Táchira State. Additionally, José Miguel Domínguez Ramírez was the Director of Operations of the FAES, which fall within Venezuela’s Bolivarian National Police. Responsible for serious human rights violations and repressing of civil society and democratic opposition in Venezuela committed by FAES officials under his authority. The FAES are known for extrajudicial killings and their violent role in suppressing dissent from Maduro’s political opponents, the opposition, and protesters, which is why the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has demanded the dissolution of the FAES. Moreover, previously, Domínguez Ramírez was a member of the Venezuelan security team that opened fire on unarmed student protestors on 12 Feb 2014, resulting in the death of at least one of the students, Bassil Da Costa. Modifications: Listed on 19 Mar 2021
SSID: 290-44451 Name: Carlos Ramón Enrique Carvallo Guevara
Sex: M Identification document: ID card No. V-10132041, Venezuela
Justification: Division General, and Deputy Director of the Directorate-General of Military Counter-Intelligence (Dirección General de Contrainteligencia Militar (DGCIM)) since 21 Aug 2020. Successor of General Rafael Ramón Blanco Marrero. Previously, Carlos Ramón Enrique Carvallo Guevara served for the DGCIM in Los Andes region, and held upper ranks position in the Bolivarian National Guard. Responsible for serious human rights violations in Venezuela committed by DGCIM officials under his command. In the recently published findings of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, DGCIM is characterized as an institution directly responsible for carrying out severe human rights violations. Modifications: Listed on 19 Mar 2021
SSID: 290-44456 Name: Jesús Emilio Vásquez Quintero
Sex: M Identification document: ID card No. V-7422049, Venezuela
Justification: Division General since 5 Jul 2019 and Attorney General of the Military Prosecutor’s Office since Dec 2017. As Attorney General of the Military Prosecutor’s Office responsible for undermining democracy and the rule of law in Venezuela. The Military Prosecutor’s Office has been linked to internal judicial prosecution in the Armed Forces, and failures to investigate incidents, including the case of the death of captain Acosta in 2019. Moreover, military justice is being applied to civilians. Modifications: Listed on 19 Mar 2021
SSID: 290-44461 Name: Carlos Enrique Terán Hurtado
Sex: M Identification document: ID card No. V-8042567, Venezuela
Justification: Brigadier General since 5 Jul 2019 and head of the Special Directorate of Criminal Investigation of the Directorate-General of Military Counter-Intelligence (Dirección General de Contrainteligencia Militar (DGCIM)) since 2019. In previous functions, Brigadier General Carlos Enrique Terán Hurtado served as head of the police in Falcón state and head of DGCIM in Táchira state. Responsible for serious human rights violations, including cruel and inhumane treatment of detainees, committed by DGCIM officials under his command. In the detailed findings of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Brigadier General Terán Hurtado is specifically pointed out as one of the responsible actors, and is linked to the captain de la Sotta case. Modifications: Listed on 19 Mar 2021
SSID: 290-44466 Name: Manuel Eduardo Pérez Urdaneta
Sex: M DOB: a) 29 Dec 1960 b) 26 May 1962 POB: Cagua, State of Aragua Identification document: a) ID card No. V-6357038, Venezuela b) Passport No. 001234503, Venezuela (expired 2012)
Justification: Deputy Minister of the Interior and Justice since 7 Apr 2015. Within the Venezuelan Ministry of the Interior and Justice, Brigadier General Manuel Eduardo Pérez Urdaneta ranks as one of five Deputy Ministers. His portfolio encompasses Preventive Security and Public Safety (Viceministro de prevención y Seguridad Ciudadana). Previously, Brigadier General Pérez served as Director of the Bolivarian National Police. In this role responsible for serious human rights violations, including the use of severe physical force against peaceful protesters, committed by officials of the Bolivarian National Police under his authority. Modifications: Listed on 19 Mar 2021
SSID: 290-44476 Name: Douglas Arnoldo Rico González
Sex: M DOB: 28 Sep 1969 Identification document: ID card No. V-6864238, Venezuela Justification: Director of the Scientific, Penal, and Criminal Investigation Corps (Cuerpo de Investigaciones Científicas, Penales y Criminalísticas (CICPC)) since 5 Feb 2016. Before, he acted as CICPC deputy director. Responsible for serious human rights violations, by CICPC officials under his authority. The report of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela characterizes CICPC as an institution that commits systematic human rights violations in Venezuela. Modifications: Listed on 19 Mar 2021
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