LatinNews Daily - 23 August 2021

US continues to apply targeted sanctions on Cuba

Cuba: On 19 August the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (Ofac) sanctioned three Cuban military and public security leaders. This is the fourth round of sanctions issued by the US in response to the crackdown by the Partido Comunista de Cuba (PCC) government led by President Miguel Díaz-Canel against protesters who took part in the unprecedented 11 July anti-government protests over economic, health, and political grievances in Cuba. The individuals targeted in the latest round of sanctions are: Andrés Laureano González Brito, commander of the Cuban army’s central division at the armed forces ministry (Minfar); Roberto Legrá Sotolongo, deputy chief of the general staff and chief of the directorate of operations at Minfar; and Abelardo Jiménez González, chief of the directorate of penitentiary establishments of Cuba's interior ministry (Minint). As was the case with previous sanctions, the three individuals were sanctioned pursuant to Executive Order 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. Under the sanctions all property and interests in property of these individuals, that are in the US or in the possession or control of persons subject to US jurisdiction, continue to be blocked, and must be reported to Ofac.

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