EU updates Zimbabwe, Yemen, Guinea, and Moldova sanctions regimes

The EU has published updates to its sanctions regimes on Zimbabwe, Yemen, Guinea, and Moldova.

Zimbabwe

The EU has de-listed the deceased Amos Bernard Midzi (alias Mugenva) from its targeted sanctions on Zimbabwe, which impose an asset freeze on members of the country’s government and people and entities associated with them.  Currently, the targeted sanctions are suspended against all but President Robert Mugabe, his wife Grace, and Zimbabwe Defence Industries.

A new provision has also been included in the sanctions regime to comply with requirements for the protection of personal data.

The change are made by Council Regulation (EU) 2015/1919 amending Council Regulation (EC) 314/2004, Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1921 amending Council Regulation (EC) 314/2004, and Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1924 amending Council Decision 2011/101/CFSP.

Yemen

The listing of Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh has been updated with details of his Diplomatic identity card issued by the United Arab Emirates, which is said to be cancelled, and his place of birth.  The new information is given in order to reflect changes to his listing under the UN’s sanctions on Yemen, and is introduced by Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1920 implementing Council Regulation (EU) 1352/2014 and Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/1927 implementing Council Decision 2014/932/CFSP.

Guinea

The EU has extended its sanctions regime against Guinea until 27 October 2016. The EU’s sanctions regime against Guinea imposes targeted asset freezes and travel bans on 5 people identified by the International Commission of Inquiry as responsible for violence leading to at least 150 deaths on 28 September 2009, and persons associated with them.  An arms embargo against Guinea was lifted in April 2015 (see previous blog). The regime is extended by Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1923 amending Council Decision 2010/638/CFSP.

Moldova

EU sanctions against Moldova, imposing an EU-wide travel ban on people who are responsible for designing or implementing the campaign of intimidation and closure against Latin-script schools in the Transnistria region of Moldova, have been extended until 31 October 2016. The regime is extended by Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1925 amending Council Decision 2010/573/CFSP.

EU RENEWS GUINEA SANCTIONS

On 21 October 2014, the EU decided to renew sanctions currently in force against Guinea.

Council Decision 2010/638/CFSP, which was adopted on 25 October 2010 and contains travel restrictions and asset freezes, was reviewed by the EU. The restrictive measures have been extended until 27 October 2015, but ‘shall be kept under constant review’ and the Decision will ‘be renewed or amended, as appropriate, if the Council deems that its objectives have not been met’.

EU sanctions against Guinea are imposed pursuant to the EU’s autonomous Common Foreign and Security Policy powers. A Notice in the Official Journal of the EU informs listed people of the possibility of applying to relevant Member States to authorise the use of frozen funds for basic needs or specific payments. It also notifies those listed that they may submit a request for reconsideration to the Council or challenge the Council’s decision before the General Court of the EU

A list of all EU sanctions in force against Guinea is on the ‘sanctions in force’ section of this blog.

 

EU RENEWS SANCTIONS ON IRAN AND BURMA, AND LIFTS GUINEA ARMS EMBARGO

The Council of the EU has today renewed for another year its sanctions on Burma/Myanmar, and on people and companies said to be “responsible for serious human rights violations” in Iran (which is separate from the list of those said to be connected with Iranian nuclear proliferation).

The EU has also lifted the arms embargo previously imposed on the Republic of Guinea.

The new provisions (published on 15 April 2014) are here and on the sanctions in force section of this blog.  The Council has also published Notices for the attention of everyone re-listed in the annex to these provisions informing them that they have two months in which to challenge their designations in the European court.

EU CONTINUES SANCTIONS AGAINST REPUBLIC OF GUINEA

The European Union imposed restrictive measures in respect of the Republic of Guinea in October 2010 (Decision 2010/638), “in response to the violent crackdown by security forces on political demonstrators in Conakry” in September 2009.  The measures consist of an ams embargo, and an asset freeze and travel ban targeted at members of the National Council for Democracy and Development and their associates, which have just been extended for another year by Council Decision 2013/515/CFSP of 21 October 2013.

Links to all the current European sanctions (including those against Guinea) are on the ‘EU sanctions in force’ section of this blog.