Ros-Lehtinen Leads Third Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter Urging the Administration to Support the Nicaraguan People by Making Additional Global Magnitsky Designations

Aug 24, 2018

Ros-Lehtinen Leads Third Bipartisan, Bicameral Letter Urging the Administration to Support the Nicaraguan People by Making Additional Global Magnitsky Designations  

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) was joined by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) in the Senate and Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY), Paul Cook (R-CA), Albio Sires (D-NJ), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Ann Wagner (R-MO), Robin Kelly (D-IL), Michael Conaway (R-TX), Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Tedd Budd (R-NC) in the House, in sending a bipartisan and bicameral letter to the President urging the Administration to use the authority provided under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act to hold individuals in Nicaragua accountable for human rights abuses and acts of corruption. In the letter, the Members call upon the Department of State and the Department of Treasury to take immediate action to determine whether Sonia Castro, Laureano Ortega Murrillo, Juan Carlos Ortega Murillo and Gustavo Porras meet the law’s criteria to be sanctioned. To read a copy of the letter, please click here.

Statement by Ros-Lehtinen: “The Administration has taken necessary steps to hold key Ortega regime officials accountable for egregious human rights violations and shameless acts of corruption. However, as Ortega and his cronies continue to intensify their crackdown on the Nicaraguan people by harassing, beating and arbitrarily detaining anyone who demands Ortega’s exit from power, the U.S. can and must do more. One way to do that is to continue to designate and sanction more individuals under the Global Magnitsky Act. No person, no matter what position he or she holds, has the right to abuse of the liberties of others. That is why my colleagues and I are urging the Administration to investigate the wrongdoings of four individuals, including two of Ortega’s sons, Laureano Ortega Murillo and Juan Carlos Ortega Murillo. By using this vital U.S. foreign policy tool, we can seek an end to impunity while sending a strong message that the United States stands with the Nicaraguan people.”

NOTE: On June 5, 2018, Ros-Lehtinen led a bipartisan, bicameral letter asking the Administration to determine whether Francisco Lopez, head of ALBANISA, and Francisco Diaz, Deputy Commissioner of the National Police and de facto Director, met the criteria to be sanctioned under the Global Magnitsky Act. Joining Ros-Lehtinen were Representatives Eliot Engel (D-NY), Paul Cook (R-CA), Albio Sires (D-NJ), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Carlos Curbelo (R-FL), Norma Torres (D-CA) and Michael Conaway (R-TX), and Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Ted Cruz (R-TX). On July 5, 2018, the Administration announced it was designating three Ortega regime officials under Global Magnitsky including Lopez and Diaz. 

On December 1, 2017, Reps. Ros-Lehtinen and Albio Sires (D-NJ) sent a bicameral, bipartisan letter asking the Administration to investigate Roberto Rivas and Francisco Lopez and determine whether they met criteria to be sanctioned under the Global Magnitsky Act. They were also joined in this letter by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Bill Nelson (D-FL), and Reps. Ed Royce (R-CA), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Paul Cook (R-CA), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). On December 21, 2017, the Administration announced it was designating Rivas under the Global Magnitsky Act for human rights violations and acts of corruption.

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