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.