White House Blacklists Venezuelan Leaders for Human Rights Violations

By Kira Zalan and Colby Adams

The United States on Monday blacklisted seven former and current Venezuelan military and law enforcement officials for their alleged roles in violent crackdowns on protestors. In an executive order barring the individuals from entering the United States and ordering related asset freezes, President Barack Obama said the designees had undermined democratic processes, contributed to human rights abuses, limited peaceable assemblies or acted corruptly while serving in Venezuela's government. The individuals include Manuel Eduardo Perez Urdaneta, director of Venezuela's Bolivarian National Police, Katherine Nayarith Haringhton Padron, a governmental attorney linked to the prosecution of the political opponents of Venezuela's President Nicolas...