The EU Member States agreed today on a common framework that will allow the EU to introduce economic sanctions against Nicaragua.
These sanctions would consist of asset-freezing measures and/or travel bans on individuals/entities that the EU would consider responsible for: (1) human rights violations or abuses in Nicaragua; (2) repression of civil society and democratic opposition in Nicaragua; and/or (3) undermining democracy and the rule of law in Nicaragua. The common framework will allow the EU to designate such individuals/entities on a rolling basis if Nicaragua fails to make tangible progress in the following three main areas:
- The implementation in full of the 29 March 2019 agreements between the Government and the Civic Alliance to strengthen civil and political rights and guarantees (including the reestablishment of political freedoms and the legal status of banned civil society organisations, the voluntary and safe return of exiles and the release of the remaining political prisoners and charges dropped);
- Full cooperation with and the return of international human rights bodies to Nicaragua, including the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; and
- An agreement on electoral and institutional reforms between the government and the opposition, including the Civic Alliance aimed at guaranteeing fair and transparent elections.