This is the third package of sanctions since the protests in Cuba began on July 11, 2021.
On Friday, the United States imposed sanctions against two representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Cuba and against the military police associated with the Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of the island state. This is stated in a statement issued by the U.S. Ministry of Finance.
“Today, the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the U.S. Department of the Treasury (OFAC, is responsible for enforcement in the field of restrictive measures) imposed sanctions against two Cuban individuals and one Cuban organization based on the Global Magnitsky Act on Responsibility for Human Rights Violations, which is aimed at those responsible for serious human rights violations and corruption around the world. This is the third package of sanctions since the beginning of the protests in Cuba on July 11, 2021, as the Ministry of Finance continues to resolutely pursue persons associated with actions to suppress peaceful, pro-democratic protests in Cuba,” the document says.
So, the statement notes, Romarico Vidal Sotomayor Garcia and Pedro Orlando Martinez Fernandez from the Cuban Interior Ministry and the Tropas de Prevencion, also known as the red beret unit of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) that performs the functions of military police, were blacklisted.
“The Ministry of Finance will continue to impose restrictions against those who allow the Cuban government to commit human rights violations against peaceful demonstrators,” said the head of OFAC, Andrea Gaki, in connection with the introduction of sanctions. “Today’s decision sheds light on others responsible for suppressing the calls of the Cuban people for freedom and respect for human rights.”