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Venezuela government faces sanctions for human rights violations

President Obama issued an executive order declaring a national emergency in regards to Venezuela. The executive order imposes sanctions on seven Venezuela government officials, accusing them of human rights violations and declaring Venezuela a threat to the United States national security. Venezuela’s economy is in shambles as the country’s ruling President, Nicolas Maduro has sparked protests for arresting opposition leaders.

White House officials announced the sanctions do not target the energy sector or the country’s economy. The White House said the executive order targeted people whose actions undermined democratic processes or institutions, had committed acts of violence or abuse of human rights, were involved in prohibiting or penalizing freedom of expression, or were government officials involved in public corruption. The move increases tension between Washington and Venezuela, just as President Obama is working to normalize relations with the communist neighboring country of Cuba.

The seven officials named in the order include domestic securityand intelligence officials, would face their property and interests in the United States frozen and be denied entry into the United States. United States companies would also be prohibited from doing business with the country. This order is the ninth state of emergency declared by President Obama, after renewing 20 emergencies declared by previous Presidents. Read more at

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