EU renews its human rights sanctions on Iran

The EU has renewed its human rights sanctions on Iran until 13 April 2018.  The sanctions currently impose a travel ban and asset freeze on 82 people and 1 entity, as well as a ban on exports to Iran of equipment which might be used for internal repression or monitoring telecommunications. See Implementing Regulation 2017/685 implementing Regulation 359/2011 and Decision 2017/689 amending Decision 2011/235/CFSP.

EU to expand sanctions on DPRK

The EU has decided to expand its nuclear-proliferation sanctions on North Korea, in response to its apparent violations of UN resolutions and the threat it poses to international peace and security.  The new sanctions expand existing prohibitions on investment to new sectors, namely conventional arms, metallurgy, and aerospace.  They also prohibit the provision of computer services and services linked to mining and manufacturing in the chemical, mining, and refining industry to people and entities in North Korea.

In addition, the Council has added 4 more people to its sanctions listings on North Korea, for being responsible for supporting or promoting North Korea’s nuclear, ballistic missile, or other WMD-related programmes.  They are Ri Myong Su, So Hong Chan, Wang Chang Uk, and Jang Chol. This brings the total number of listed people to 41, in addition to 7 entities.  See Regulation 2017/658 amending Regulation 329/2007, and Decision 2017/666 and Decision 2017/667 amending Decision 2016/849.

EU updates Yemen & ISIL/Al-Qaida listings

The EU has updated the listings of 4 people listed on its sanctions against Yemen, implementing changes made by the UN to its own sanctions listings.  The people are Abdullah Hakim, Abd Al-Houthi, Ali Saleh, and Ahmed Saleh. See Implementing Regulation 2017/628 implementing Regulation 1352/2014 and Implementing Decision 2017/634 implementing Decision 2014/932/CFSP.

It has also updated 2 listings under its ISIL & Al-Qaida sanctions, also implementing UN changes.  The listings are for Radi El Ayashi and the Mujahidin Indonesian Timur.  See Implementing Regulation 2017/630 and Implementing Regulation 2017/637 respectively amending Regulation 881/2002.

EU renews targeted Libya sanctions

The EU has renewed its sanctions on people said to be obstructing implementation of the Libyan Political Agreement and the formation of a Government of National Accord in Libya.  These sanctions, first imposed in April 2016 (see previous blog), currently list 3 people:

  1. Agila Saleh – president of the Libyan Council of Deputies in the House of Representatives
  2. Khalifa Ghweil – prime minister and defence minister of the internationally unrecognised General National Congress
  3. Nuri Abu Sahmain – president of the General National Congress.

See Decision 2017/621 amending Decision 2015/1333. The EU’s press release is here, and its notices to listed people are here and here.

EU extends Bosnia & Herzegovina sanctions

The EU Council has extended its sanctions on Bosnia & Herzegovina for 1 year, until 31 March 2018.  The sanctions impose an asset freeze and travel ban on people and entities, and those associated with them, deemed to be undermining the sovereignty or territorial integrity of Bosnia, seriously threatening its security situation, or undermining the Dayton/Paris peace agreement.

See Council Decision 2017/607 amending Council Decision 2011/173/CFSP.

EU adds 4 military officials to Syria sanctions

The EU Council has decided to impose an asset freeze and travel ban on 4 high-ranking Syrian military officials, who allegedly played a role in the use of chemical weapons against the civilian population in Syria.  The additions bring the total number of people listed on the sanctions to 239, in addition to 67 entities. See Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/480 implementing Regulation 36/2012 and Implementing Decision 2017/485 implementing Decision 2013/255/CFSP.

EU renews targeted Russia sanctions

The EU has decided to renew its asset freezing measures and travel bans on people and entities said to be involved in undermining Ukraine’s territorial integrity (and related criteria) for a further 6 months, until 15 September 2017.  The EU has also removed 2 deceased people from its listings bringing the total to 150 people and 37 entities listed on these measures.

See Implementing Regulation 2017/437 implementing Regulation 269/2014 and Decision 2017/445 amending Decision 2014/145/CFSP.

Potential new EU sanctions on DRC

The EU has informed the Democratic Republic of Congo that it is ready to impose new targeted sanctions in response to the serious human rights violations that have recently occurred in the country, the refusal of President Joseph Kabila to stand down at the end of his term, and the general blockage of the December 2016 political agreement.  The Council has invited the High Representative to initiate work on new measures which would target those responsible for the human rights violations or incitements to violence, and those obstructing a consensual and peaceful solution to the crisis in DRC. The Council’s press release is here.