MIAMI, United States. – The US Department of State sanctioned on Saturday the Interior Minister (MININT), Julio César Gandarilla Bermejo, due to his participation, by responsibility of the command, in serious human rights violations in Cuba and Venezuela.
“Section 7031 (c) states that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that foreign government officials have been involved in significant corruption or a gross violation of human rights (GVHR), those persons and his immediate family members are not eligible to enter the United States, ”notes a note published by the federal agency.
The sanctions against Julio César Gandarilla Bermejo, are extended to his children, Julio César Gandarilla Sarmiento and Alejandro Gandarilla Sarmiento.
The measure proceeds under Section 7031 (c) of the State Programs, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Act of fiscal year 2019, as carried out by the Continuation of the Allocations Act, 2020.
The State Department adds that the Cuban Ministry of Interior is responsible for arbitrarily arresting and detaining thousands of Cuban citizens and illegally imprisoning more than 100 political prisoners in Cuba.
It also states that the officials of that ministry have supervised the torture of political dissidents, detainees and prisoners, as well as the killing of some of these people by the police and security forces.
For this reason, Gandarilla Bermejo is complicit in the arbitrary or illegal surveillance of these groups, whether citizens or visitors.
“The United States continues to support the Cuban and Venezuelan people, and the Department implements this designation with that goal in mind. The repression of the Castro regime of human rights and fundamental freedoms in both Cuba and Venezuela requires global concern and a stronger call for international action. We strongly encourage other governments and international organizations to demand the responsibility of the Cuban government for violating and abusing human rights and fundamental freedoms, ”the note concludes.
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