On 2 February 2015, the US announced that it has imposed visa restrictions on “current and former Venezuelan government officials believed to be responsible for or complicit in human rights abuses” and people “considered to be responsible for acts of public corruption”.
The visa restrictions have been imposed pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act. The restrictions will also apply to the immediate family members of several of the targeted individuals. The US government announced in a press statement that they “will not publicly identify these individuals because of U.S. visa confidentiality laws, but…are sending a clear message that human rights abusers, those who profit from public corruption, and their families are not welcome in the United States”.
On 18 December 2014 the US passed legislation that allows the US government to impose asset freezes and visa bans on Venezuelan government officials who are alleged to have violated protestors’ rights (as we previously reported on this blog).