UN & EU amend DRC sanctions

In June, the UN updated the designation criteria and derogations in its Democratic Republic of the Congo sanctions regime (see Resolution 2293), and the EU has now implemented those changes.  The UN also extended its regime until 1 July 2017.

The examples of acts that meet the designation criterion of undermining the peace, stability, or security of the DRC have been expanded.  They now include all persons involved in human rights abuses or violations of international humanitarian law in the DRC, previously only those targeting women and children, and people illicitly exploiting the country’s national resources, previously only those illicitly trading in them.  Designated persons are subject to an EU-wide asset freeze and travel ban.

The derogations from the arms embargo on the DRC, which has not applied to the DRC’s government since 2008, now allow for all sales and supply of arms and related material to the DRC, and the provision of related technical or financial assistance, but require that they be approved in advance by the UN’s Sanctions Committee if not specifically authorised under another derogation.

See Regulation 2016/1165 amending Regulation 1183/2005 and Decision 2016/1173 amending Decision 2010/788/CFSP.

This entry was posted in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Latest EU Measures, United Nations by Maya Lester QC. Bookmark the permalink.

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.

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