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Venezuela Sanctions Summary

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury has added Venezuela to their sanctions list joining other programs. President Obama issued an Executive Order in March 2015 against certain Venezuelan government officials for their “erosion of human rights guarantees,” curtailment of press freedoms, use of violence and abuse in response to anti-government protestors, as well as the exacerbating presence of significant public corruption. Any transactions, financial or material, with these persons are prohibited, and any of their assets that come within control of any U.S. person or entity are to be blocked.

Venezuela-related Sanctions: Executive Orders

  • 13857 – Taking Additional Steps to Address the National Emergency With Respect to Venezuela (January 28, 2019)
  • 13850 – Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Venezuela (November 1, 2018)
  • 13835 – Prohibiting Certain Additional Transactions with Respect to Venezuela (May 21, 2018)
  • 13827 – Taking Additional Steps to Deal with the Situation in Venezuela (March 19, 2018)
  • 13808 – Imposing Additional Sanctions with Respect to the Situation in Venezuela (August 24, 2017)
  • 13692—Blocking Property and Suspending Entry of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Venezuela (March 9, 2015)

Venezuela-related Sanctions: Statutes

  • Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act of 2014
  • International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), 50 U.S.C. §§ 1701-1706
  • National Emergencies Act (NEA), 50 U.S.C. §§ 1601-1651

Venezuela-related Sanctions: Code of Federal Regulations

  • 31 CFR Part 591—Venezuela Sanctions Regulations

Venezuela-related Sanctions: Federal Register Notices

  • 80 FR 39676-15—Final Rule Issuing the Venezuela Sanctions Regulations

Note: This information is provided for reference only.

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