The Treasury Department announced Monday it is targeting Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro with sanctions, accusing him of widespread human rights abuses.

Treasury said in a release that all of Maduro’s assets subject to U.S. jurisdiction were frozen and that U.S. persons were prohibited from dealing with him.

In a statement, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday’s "illegitimate elections confirm that Maduro is a dictator who disregards the will of the Venezuelan people."

"By sanctioning Maduro, the United States makes clear our opposition to the policies of his regime and our support for the people of Venezuela who seek to return their country to a full and prosperous democracy,” he said.

Source: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/31/venezuela-president-sanctions-human-rights-241174

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