Dear Madam President: (Dear Madam President:)
In accordance with the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 USC 1701 et sec.), National Emergency Act (50 USC 1601 et sec.), Nicaragua Investment Conditionality Act of 2018 (50 USC 1701 note), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 USC 1182(f)), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, I hereby report that I have issued an executive order to take additional steps regarding the national emergency declared by Executive Order 13851 dated November 27, 2018 (Freezing the Assets of Certain Contributors to the Situation in Nicaragua).
I have determined that additional measures are necessary to address the state of emergency related to the situation in Nicaragua in order to increase targeted pressure on the Ortega-Murillo regime to change its malign behavior. This will provide my administration with additional financial tools to target the regime while allowing the flexibility necessary to continue supporting the Nicaraguan people.
Specifically, I believe that the violent response of the Government of Nicaragua to the protests that began on April 18, 2018 and the systematic dismantling and undermining of democratic institutions and the rule of law of the Ortega regime, its use of widespread violence and repressive tactics against its people, and the corruption that has led to the destabilization of Nicaragua’s economy, not only continuing, but worsening. Since Nicaragua’s sham elections in November 2021, the limited remaining democratic space in the country has shrunk dramatically as hundreds of NGOs have been shut down and political prisoners subjected to extremely harsh conditions. These increased abuses of human rights and fundamental freedoms continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. I am hereby amending Executive Order 13851 to elaborate measures to address the national emergency declared by Executive Order 13851 to address that threat.
I am attaching a copy of the Executive Order I issued.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.