Entity recalled, however, that measures 'do not affect the population' and can be reversed if progress in restoring democracy
The EU (EU) announced on Friday (27) its decision to sanction seven members of the Venezuelan security and intelligence forces for considering themselves involved in "torture and other serious human rights violations", including the death of the captain Rafael Acosta Arévalo.
The EU confirmed the political agreement reached last Wednesday (25) to expand the sanctions list in relation to the crisis that is going through Venezuela.
Four of the new sanctions "relate" to the death of Acosta Arévalo while in detention and in the custody of the government of Nicolás Maduro, the EU Council said.
"The EU confirms its willingness to work on more selective measures to promote a negotiated transition," said EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security, Federica Mogherini, in a statement on behalf of the Twenty-Eight.
She referred to the EU's request to Venezuela for a transition leading to "transparent and internationally controlled" presidential elections, as well as a "restoration of public powers and a package of guarantees allowing political coexistence," elements that Mogherini considered "essential. to overcome the crisis ".
Federica Mogherini recalled that such selective sanctions, which currently affect 25 people in total, barred from traveling to the EU and whose assets are frozen on European soil, "do not affect the population and can be reversed if progress is made towards restoration. democracy, the rule of law and human rights in Venezuela. "
In its statement today, the EU recalls that the report by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet "clearly and thoroughly confirms the extent and seriousness of human rights violations, the deterioration of the rule of law and the dismantling of democratic institutions in the country ".
"This serious situation cannot be ignored," said Mogherini, also emphasizing that "the regional impact of the crisis is unprecedented" and presents "serious risks to the stability" of the region.
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