EU deletes entry from Guinea-Bissau sanctions list

EU3In line with the UN Security Council (previous blog here), the EU has deleted one entry, Sanha Clussé, from its Republic of Guinea-Bissau sanctions list, see: Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/36 and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/31. EU sanctions were imposed against persons, entities and bodies “threatening the peace, security or stability of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau”. UK OFSI Notice here.

UN removes entry from Guinea-Bissau sanctions list

UN1The UN Security Council has removed one person, Sanha Clussé, from its Guinea-Bissau sanctions list (was listed in July 2012 for being a member of the ‘Military Command’ which had “resumed responsibility for the coup d’état of 12 April 2012”). As a result, the travel ban set out in para 4 of UN Security Council resolution 2048 (2012) no longer applies to him. UN press release here.

EU renews Guinea-Bissau sanctions

The EU has published a notice (link here) stating that it has reviewed all of the people & entities listed on its Guinea-Bissau sanctions and decided that sanctions should continue to apply to them. These measures target people who played a leading role in the coup d’état of 12 April 2012, and those who aim to undermine the rule of law and curtail the primacy of civilian power.


The EU has renewed its Guinea-Bissau sanctions regime until 30 April 2016.  Under the sanctions, listed people and entities are subject to an EU-wide travel ban and asset freeze.

The sanctions target those who are seeking to prevent or block the country’s peaceful political process or are undermining its security and stability. In particular, the sanctions target those who played a leading role in the mutiny of 1 April 2010 and the coup d’état of 12 April 2012 and whose actions continue to be directed at undermining the rule of law and civilian power.

The sanctions regime was originally imposed by Council Regulation (EU) 377/2012 and Council Decision 2012/285/CFSP.  The EU’s notice to listed people and entities informing them of the renewal is here.