December 20, 2017
Today, together with the President of the United States and the Department of Treasury, the Department of State took action against persons believed to be involved in serious human rights abuse and corruption. Their names were placed on the Department of the Treasury’s Specially Designated Nationals List, which prohibits U.S. citizens and permanent residents from doing business with them. Additionally, using the authorities of today’s Executive Order implementing the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, the State Department may revoke U.S. visas held by sanctioned individuals and bar their future travel to the United States. In practical terms, for individuals subject to these authorities, their travel to the U.S. is likely restricted, their assets are frozen, and U.S. individuals and entities are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.
The list includes Julio Antonio Juárez Ramírez, a Guatemalan citizen. Juárez’s inclusion symbolizes the United States’ steadfast commitment to promote human rights, both in Guatemala and worldwide.
Global Magnitsky requires strong evidence of serious human rights abuse or acts of corruption. The Act targets individuals and entities involved in serious abuse of human rights and corruption and is not targeted at any one government. As a matter of policy the United States does not comment on the status of investigations or plans to designate any particular individual or entity. We will continue to evaluate persons from around the world whose acts may be sanctionable under Global Magnitsky.