The Federal government last week issued sanctions against more Venezuelan officials whom they say obstructed foreign humanitarian aid intended for the Venezuelan people.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated six new Venezuelan officials in charge of security functions along its border with Colombia and Brazil, where they say several official and unofficial security forces were deployed in an effort at blockading the incoming aid convoys.
Among the groups deployed along the border to blockade humanitarian aid was Maduro’s Special Police Unit known as Fuerzas de Acciones Especiales (FAES). Initially organized to combat gangs and rescue hostages, OFAC says the force has been increasingly utilized to carry out human rights abuses, including using violence against political dissidents and protests. The Chief Commissioner in Tachira state is among the six individuals sanctioned last week.
In addition to FAES, OFAC issued sanctions against the heads of several more security agencies. Among them is a Major General and the Commanding General of the Venezuelan National Guard, or the Guardia Nacional Bolivariana, a Major General and the Commander of Strategic Integral Defense Region Guayana, or the Región Estratégica de Defensa Integral Guayana, (REDI Guayana), the Division General for the Integral Defense Zone in Bolivar State, or Zona Operativa de Defensa Integral del estado Bolivar (ZODI Bolivar State), the Division General for the Integral Defense Zone in Bolivar State, or Zona Operativa de Defensa Integral del estado Bolivar (ZODI Bolivar State), and the Division General and Commander for the Integral Defense Zone in Tachira State (ZODI Tachira).
The designations handed down by OFAC prohibit those individuals from exercising rights to all property in the jurisdiction of the United States. In addition, United States citizens are legally barred from conducting business with designated individuals.