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21 January 2022 International sanction 2022

Updated sanctions report

The Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER has amended the Annex to the Ordinance of 24. June 2020 on measures against Nicaragua (RS 946.231.158.5) published.

On the 20th. On January 1, 2022, the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER amended the list of persons, companies and entities sanctioned in this context. The change is directly applicable in Switzerland. The WBF has therefore adapted the sanctions database SESAM (SECO Sanctions Management), which is relevant for Switzerland, and published the adaptation on its website. The change will take effect on the 21st. January 2021 at 6 p.m.

Financial intermediaries are invited to block the corresponding assets immediately and to report such business relationships to SECO in accordance with the provisions of the regulation. The notification to SECO does not exempt a financial intermediary from immediately reporting to the Anti-Money Laundering Reporting Office in accordance with Article 9 of the Anti-Money Laundering Act if conditions are met.

Swiss officials have added the following 7 persons:

SSID: 400-47137 Name: Camila Antonia Ortega Murillo
Sex: W DOB: 4 Nov 1987 POB: Managua, Nicaragua Nationality: Nicaragua Identification document: Passport No. A00000114, Nicaragua
Justification: Camila Antonia Ortega Murillo is closely involved in actions supporting the presidential couple Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo, as an advisor to the Presidency, personal assistant to the Vice-President and Coordinator of the Creative Economy National Commission. She is also the Director of the platform Nicaragua Diseña and TV station Canal 13. She is responsible for using Nicaragua Diseña to support the fraudulent presidential and parliamentary elections, which took place on 7 Nov 2021, by creating fake accounts on different social media platforms. As the Director of Canal 13, she has contributed to disseminating the Ortega regime’s hate speech against the civic opposition, while restricting editorial plurality and persecuting independent journalists and media outlets in Nicaragua, eliminating freedom of expression and actual electoral competition. She has played a central role in the suppression of political pluralism and the definitive disarticulation of Nicaraguan democracy. She is therefore associated with persons responsible for undermining democracy and for serious human rights violations and she is supporting such repression and violations. Other information: a) Position: Daughter of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo, Advisor to the Presidency, Coordinator of the Creative Economy Commission, Director of TV station Canal 13 b) ID number: 0010411870001B Modifications: Listed on 21 Jan 2022

SSID: 400-47147 Name: Laureano Facundo Ortega Murillo
Sex: M DOB: 20 Nov 1982 POB: Managua, Nicaragua Nationality: Nicaragua Identification document: Passport No. A00000684, Nicaragua
Justification: Laureano Facundo Ortega Murillo is closely involved in actions supporting the presidential couple Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo, as an advisor to the Presidency. He has justified and supported the arbitrary and illegal imprisonment of Nicaraguan political opposition leaders and presidential pre-candidates, student and rural leaders or independent journalists, all of whom he has referred to as “terrorists”. By contributing to the elimination of actual electoral competition, he has played a central role in the suppression of political pluralism and the definitive disarticulation of Nicaraguan democracy. He has acted as an economic advisor to his father Daniel Ortega and the Ortega regime through the governmental agency ProNicaragua. Additionally, he is responsible for operating BanCorp – an entity whose main purpose is to assist, sponsor and financially support the repressive activities of his mother, Vice-President Rosario Murillo. He is therefore associated with persons responsible for the repression of civil society and for serious human rights violations, and he is supporting such repression and violations. Other information: a) Son of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo, Advisor to the Presidency b) ID number: 0012011820046M Modifications: Listed on 21 Jan 2022

SSID: 400-47157 Name: Brenda Isabel Rocha Chacón
Sex: W DOB: 10 Feb 1967 POB: Bonanza, Nicaragua Nationality: Nicaragua Justification: Brenda Isabel Rocha Chacón has been since May 2021 President of the Supreme Electoral Council (SEC) – a body responsible for the preparation, holding and certification of the general elections of 7 Nov 2021 which, by their lack of transparency, true opposition and democratic debate, undermined democratic institutions and processes. The SEC deprived the opposition of the opportunity to stand for free elections and ensured the organisation of polls in non-democratic conditions. She is therefore responsible for the repression of democratic opposition and for undermining democracy and the rule of law in Nicaragua. Other information: President of the Supreme Electoral Council Modifications: Listed on 21 Jan 2022

SSID: 400-47166 Name: Cairo Melvin Amador Arrieta
Sex: M DOB: 1952 Nationality: Nicaragua
Justification: Cairo Melvin Amador Arrieta has been since May 2021 the Vice-President of the Supreme Electoral Council (SEC) – a body responsible for the preparation, holding and certification of the general elections of 7 Nov 2021 which, by their lack of transparency, true opposition and democratic debate, undermined democratic institutions and processes. The SEC deprived the opposition of the opportunity to stand for elections and ensured the organisation of polls in non-democratic conditions. He is therefore responsible for the repression of democratic opposition and for undermining democracy and the rule of law in Nicaragua. Other information: Vice-President of the Supreme Electoral Council Modifications: Listed on 21 Jan 2022

SSID: 400-47173 Name: Lumberto Ignacio Campbell Hooker
Sex: M DOB: 3 Dec 1949 POB: Raas, Nicaragua Nationality: Nicaragua Identification document: Passport No. A00001109, Nicaragua
Justification: Lumberto Ignacio Campbell Hooker has been since 2014 a member of the Supreme Electoral Council (SEC) – a body responsible for the preparation, holding and certification of the general elections of 7 Nov 2021 which, by their lack of transparency, true opposition and democratic debate, undermined democratic institutions and processes. The SEC deprived the opposition of the opportunity to stand for free elections and ensured the organisation of polls in non-democratic conditions. He spoke to the media during the 7 Nov 2021 elections, justifying and praising their organisation. He is therefore responsible for the repression of democratic opposition and for undermining democracy and the rule of law in Nicaragua. Other information: a) Member of the Supreme Electoral Council, acting President of the Supreme Electoral Council in 2018 b) ID number: 6010302490003J Modifications: Listed on 21 Jan 2022

SSID: 400-47184 Name: Nahima Janett Díaz Flores
Sex: W DOB: 28 Jun 1989 Nationality: Nicaragua
Justification: Nahima Janett Díaz Flores is the Director of the Nicaraguan Institute of Telecommunications and Postal Services (TELCOR), the regulatory entity for telecommunications and postal services. TELCOR has been used by the Nicaraguan authorities to silence independent media, including three news organisations since 2018. During the 2021 general elections campaign, TELCOR was implementing disinformation campaigns on a large scale. As the institution in charge of the implementation of the “cybersecurity law”, TELCOR has been commanding and operating surveillance actions regarding civil society and democratic opposition. In her position, Nahima Díaz Flores has acted as a supporter of the Ortega regime, and has commanded and operated actions of disinformation and surveillance through TELCOR of civil society and democratic opposition. She is therefore responsible for serious violations of human rights, repression of civil society and democratic opposition, and undermining democracy in Nicaragua. Other information: Director of the Nicaraguan Institute of Telecommunications and Postal Services, daughter of the General Director of the Nicaraguan National Police Francisco Javier Díaz Madriz Modifications: Listed on 21 Jan 2022

SSID: 400-47191 Name: Luis Ángel Montenegro Espinoza
Sex: M DOB: 1 Jan 1949 POB: Esteli, Nicaragua Address: Planes De Puntaldia Casa #16, Managua, Nicaragua Nationality: Nicaragua
Justification: Luis Ángel Montenegro Espinoza is the Superintendent of the Superintendency of Banks and other Financial Institutions of Nicaragua (SIBOIF). In that position he is responsible for the persecution of financial actors that resisted the Ortega regime’s policies, as well as for enforcing the regime’s control over the financial sector. He was appointed to that position directly by Daniel Ortega, as a reward for his loyalty. In his previous role as Controller General of the Republic he ensured that Ortega’s corrupt financial activities would not be audited and equally contributed to Ortega’s control of the regime. He is therefore responsible for undermining the rule of law in Nicaragua as well as for the repression of civil society and democratic opposition. Other information: a) Superintendent of the Superintendency of Banks and other Financial Institutions of Nicaragua b) ID number: 1610101490000S Modifications: Listed on 21 Jan 2022

and 3 entities:

SSID: 400-47202 Name: National Police of Nicaragua Spelling variant: La Policía Nacional Nicaragüense (Spanish / Castilian)
DOF: 22 Aug 1979
Justification: The National Police of Nicaragua is responsible for the degrading treatment, including physical and psychological torture, of those who opposed the Ortega regime. It is responsible for the unlawful imprisonment of presidential pre-candidates, civil society leaders, student and rural leaders or independent journalists without any legal and democratic guarantees. The National Police was instrumental in Daniel Ortega avoiding facing any real democratic opposition during the general elections of 7 Nov 2021. Prior to those elections, the National Police conducted continuous surveillance and persecution of opposition leaders, unlawful residential break-ins and arbitrary arrests of opposition members, and it systematically threatened public employees. In 2018, the National Police was involved in killings of peaceful protesters across Nicaragua. The National Police of Nicaragua is therefore responsible for serious violations of human rights, repression of civil society and democratic opposition, and undermining democracy and the rule of law in Nicaragua. Other information: a) Headquarters: Managua, Nicaragua b) Website: http://www.policia.gob.ni/ Modifications: Listed on 21 Jan 2022

SSID: 400-47209 Name: Supreme Electoral Council Spelling variant: Consejo Supremo Electoral (Spanish / Castilian)
Address: Pista Juan Pablo II, Managua, 14005, Nicaragua
Justification: The Supreme Electoral Council (SEC) is the body responsible for the preparation, holding and certification of the general elections of 7 Nov 2021, which by their lack of transparency, true opposition and democratic debate, undermined democratic institutions and processes. The SEC deprived the opposition of the opportunity to stand for free elections and ensured the organisation of polls in non-democratic conditions. The SEC is therefore responsible for the repression of democratic opposition and for undermining democracy and the rule of law in Nicaragua. Other information: a) Website: https://www.cse.gob.ni/ b) Email: info@cse.gob.ni Modifications: Listed on 21 Jan 2022

SSID: 400-47216 Name: Nicaraguan Institute of Telecommunications and Postal Services DOF: 12 Jun 1982 Address: Avenida Bolívar, Esquina diagonal al edifico de la Cancillería, Aptdo 2664, Managua, 10000, Nicaragua
Justification: The Nicaraguan Institute of Telecommunications and Postal Services (TELCOR) is the regulatory entity for telecommunications and postal services. It has been used by the Nicaraguan authorities to silence independent media, including three news organisations since 2018, during the repression of 2018 and after the general elections of 2021. During the general elections campaign, TELCOR was implementing a disinformation campaign on a large scale. As the institution in charge of the implementation of the “cybersecurity law”, TELCOR has been commanding and operating surveillance actions regarding civil society and democratic opposition. TELCOR is therefore responsible for serious violations of human rights, and repression of civil society and democratic opposition. Other information: Website: https://www.telcor.gob.ni Modifications: Listed on 21 Jan 2022

to its Nicaragua sanctions program.

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