The Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Treasury Department (OFAC), within the framework of the Magnitsky Act, imposed sanctions on two Cuban individuals and one Cuban legal entity for “human rights violations”. The Cuban Ministry of the Interior, its head, Oscar Alejandro Callejas Valcarce, and his deputy, Eddie Manuel Sierra Arias, were sanctioned.
“The Ministry of Finance will continue to appoint and name those who contribute to the participation of the Cuban regime in serious human rights violations. Today’s actions serve to further bring to justice those responsible for suppressing the calls of the Cuban people for freedom and respect for human rights,” said Andrea Gatzky, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Treasury Department.
The sanctions provide for blocking the property and property rights of these individuals and organizations of the United States, as well as prohibiting persons under the jurisdiction of the United States from dealing with property related to individuals and legal entities. The restrictions are of a formal nature since the Cuban Interior Ministry and its leadership does not have assets in the United States.
Earlier, protest demonstrations were held in the United States, organized by immigrants from Cuba, who demanded that US President Joe Biden impose new sanctions against Havana.
On July 22, the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions against Cuban Defense Minister Alvaro Lopez Miera because of the “suppression of demonstrations” on the island.
Since October 1960, an economic embargo has been imposed on Cuba by the United States.