EU sanctions 4 people linked to chemical weapons in Syria

EU2The EU has added 4 people to its Syria sanctions list for “their role in the development and use of chemical weapons against the civilian population”. The individuals include a high-ranking military official and 3 scientists working at the Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC), the government entity responsible for developing and producing non-conventional weapons, including chemical weapons, and the missiles to deliver them (the SSRC has been under EU sanctions since 1 December 2011). The legal acts adopted by the Council, including the names of the persons concerned, will be published in the Official Journal on 19 March 2018. EU press release here.

Third countries align with EU’s ISIL and Al-Qaeda sanctions

EU4The EU has announced that Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, the Republic of Moldova, Armenia and Georgia have aligned themselves with Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/283. That decision added 1 person (French national, ‘Fabien Clain’) to the EU sanctions list in respect of ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaeda (previous blog here).

EU implements UN amendments to CAR sanctions regime

EU Commission.jpgOn 30 January 2018, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2399 (2018), which (inter alia) amended the exemptions to the arms embargo and the designation criteria under its Central African Republic (CAR) sanctions regime. The EU has implemented those changes today by adopting Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/391 and Council Regulation (EU) 2018/387.

EU continues Russia “territorial integrity” sanctions

EU6.jpgThe EU has prolonged its sanctions on Russia for “actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine” for a further 6 months, until 15 September 2018. These measures consist of asset freezes and travels restrictions on 150 people and 38 entities. See Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/392 and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/388. EU press release here.

Last week, the EU extended until 6 March 2019 its asset freezes on 13 individuals “responsible for the misappropriation of Ukrainian state funds or for the abuse of office causing a loss to Ukrainian public funds” (see previous blog here).

EU implements 3 UN listings under ISIL & A-Q sanctions list

EU3.jpgThe EU has implemented the recent decision of the UN Security Council (see here) to add 2 individuals, Salim Mustafa Muhammad Al-Mansur and Umar Mahmud Irhayyim Al-Kubaysi, and 1 entity, Al-Kawthar Money Exchange, to its ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida sanctions list (asset freezes imposed). See Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/349, and UK OFSI Notice here.

EU intends to maintain 30 listings under Iran human rights sanctions

EU1The EU has informed 29 individuals and 1 entity appearing under its Iran sanctions list (which targets persons responsible for human rights abuses) that it intends to maintain their respective listings with new statements of reasons. The EU Notice explains that they may submit a request to the Council to obtain the intended statements of reasons before 13 March 2018.

EU updates entry under DPRK and CAR sanctions lists

EU4In line with the UN Security Council, the EU has updated the entry of ‘Ri Su Yong’ under its North Korea sanctions list by adding the following statement: “Served as Korea Ryonbong General Corporation representative in Cuba”. See Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/331 and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/324. UK OFSI Notice here.

The EU has also updated the entry of ‘François Yangouvonda Bozizé’ under its Central African Republic sanctions list by adding, among other things, his title (‘Former Head of State Central African Republic’ and ‘Professor’) and details of a further alias (‘Samuel Peter Mudde’). See Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/332 and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/325. UK OFSI Notice here.

EU & US extend Russia-Ukraine sanctions by 1 year

Ukraine-Russia.jpgToday, the EU extended until 6 March 2019 the asset freezes against 13 individuals “responsible for the misappropriation of Ukrainian state funds or for the abuse of office causing a loss to Ukrainian public funds”. Two people were also removed from the list: Olena Leonidivna Lukash and Serhii Petrovych Kliuiev. See Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/333 and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/326. EU press release here, and UK OFSI Notice here.

Last week, the US decided to extend its Russia-Ukraine sanctions for another year, namely, the measures adopted under Executive Orders 13660, 13661, 13662 and 13685. White House press release here.