EU EXTENDS IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS SANCTIONS, & RELISTS BANK TEJARAT & 32 IRISL COMPANIES ON PROLIFERATION SANCTIONS

The EU has relisted Bank Tejarat and 32 companies said to be owned by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines in its sanctions targeted at Iranian nuclear proliferation.  Their previous listings were annulled by the European Court in January (see previous blogs here and here) and now have new statements of reasons (which remove circumvention of sanctions and involvement in Iran’s nuclear programme for listing Bank Tejarat, instead detailing its alleged relationship with the Iranian state and involvement in procuring prohibited goods and technology, & amend the connections alleged between IRISL and the 32 companies).

These re-listings are in Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/549 implementing Council Regulation (EU) 267/2012 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/556 amending Council Decision 2010/413/CFSP.  Listed people and entities are subject to import and export bans on crude oil, petroleum products, and dual-use goods, restrictions on access to financial services, and an EU-wide asset freeze.

In addition, the EU has extended its separate measures which impose an EU-wide asset freeze on Iranian people and entities said to be responsible for or complicit in human rights abuses until 13 April 2016, deleted the entries for Nabiollah Heydari, Gholomani Rezvani, and Mousa Elahi, and updated the reasons for 47 people and the Centre to Investigate Organized Crime. These changes are by Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/548 implementing Council Regulation (EU) 359/2011 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/555 amending Council Decision 2011/235/CFSP.

The corresponding HM Treasury notices can be found here and here.

A list of sanctions in force against Iran (both the nuclear & human rights regimes) can be found in the “sanctions in force” section of this blog.

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About Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. As the most recent (2016) Chambers & Partners directory put it, she "owns the world of sanctions". She spent 2011-12 in New York at Columbia Law School lecturing and writing on sanctions. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts and has acted in most of the leading cases, including Kadi, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL.

One thought on “EU EXTENDS IRAN HUMAN RIGHTS SANCTIONS, & RELISTS BANK TEJARAT & 32 IRISL COMPANIES ON PROLIFERATION SANCTIONS

  1. Is this automatically binding on the member countries or do they still have veto power as to whether it will be enforced locally? Thank you for any responses. I appreciate it.

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