At a meeting of the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council on 14 October 2019, the Council adopted a sanctions framework targeting Nicaragua (see Baker McKenzie blog post here).

The sanctions comprise asset freezes and travel bans targeting “persons and entities responsible for human rights violations or abuses or for the repression of civil society and democratic opposition in Nicaragua, as well as persons and entities whose actions, policies or activities otherwise undermine democracy and the rule of law in Nicaragua“.

On 4 May 2020, the Council of the European Union amended the legislation to include six persons in the list of natural and legal persons, entities and bodies subject to restrictive measures.