EU extends ISIL sanctions for 1 year & de-lists 1 person

The EU has extended its sanctions on ISIL & AL-Qaida until 31 October 2018. It has also deleted the entry for Zulkifli Abdul Hir, implementing his deletion from the UN’s sanctions lists.

See Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1560 amending Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/1693 and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1571 amending Council Regulation 881/2002.

EU implements August round of UN sanctions on N Korea & 4 new listings

The EU has implemented the round of UN sanctions imposed on North Korea in August, which among other things extended the import ban on certain North Korean goods and limited the number of work authorisations that may be issued for North Korean nationals (see previous blog). The EU has also listed the 1 person and 3 entities designated in the UN’s latest round of sanctions, but has not yet implemented the other measures the UN introduced at that time (see previous blog).

See Council Regulation 2017/1548 amending Council Regulation 2017/1509 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1562 amending Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/849, and Council Implementing Regulation 2017/1568 implementing Council Regulation 2017/1509 and Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/1573 implementing Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/849.

EU extends and updates Russia/Ukraine sanctions

The EU has extended its sanctions on people and entities that are said to be undermining the territorial integrity of Ukraine for 6 months until 15 March 2018.  It has also added Crimean Sea Ports to its list of designated people and entities, amended the sanctions to include a derogation for payments to Crimean Sea Ports for certain services, and updated the listing information for several people subject to the sanctions.

See Council Regulation 2017/1547 amending Council Regulation 269/2014, Council Implementing Regulation 2017/1549 implementing Council Regulation 269/2014, and Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1561 amending Council Decision 2014/145/CFSP. The EU’s notice to listed persons is here.

EU consolidates North Korea sanctions into new measure

The EU has consolidated its sanctions on North Korea into a new Regulation, in view of the large number of amendments that had been made to the old measure. It has also substantially updated the relevant Decision to reflect a number of these changes.

See Council Regulation 2017/1509 repealing Council Regulation 329/2007 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1512 amending Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/849.

EU implements humanitarian exemptions to N Korea sanctions

The EU has implemented a UN exemption to its sanctions on North Korea, allowing for certain transactions with North Korean entities Foreign Trade Bank and Korea National Insurance Company. The exemptions allow transactions with FTB or KNIC if they are solely for the operation of diplomatic missions in North Korea or humanitarian activities that are undertaken by, or in coordination with, the UN.

See Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1501 amending Council Regulation 329/2007 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1504 amending Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/849.

US imposes new sanctions on Venezuela’s government

The US has imposed wide-ranging new financial sanctions on President Maduro’s administration in Venezuela. The US accuses Maduro’s government of depriving Venezuelans of food and medicine, imprisoning the democratically-elected opposition, and violently suppressing freedom of speech. Most recently, President Maduro created a rival legislature and transferred to it the powers of the democratically elected National Assembly (see previous blog).

The new sanctions prohibit dealings in new debt and equity issued by the government of Venezuela and its state oil company.  They also prohibit dealings in certain existing bonds owned by the Venezuelan public sector ad dividend payments to the government of Venezuela.  To mitigate harm to the American and Venezuelan people, the US Treasury has issued several general licences, including for financing most commercial trade, 30-day wind-down periods, and the financing of humanitarian goods.

The White House’s press release is here, and the relevant executive order and general licences are here.

EU adds Trinidadian man to sanctions on ISIL

The EU has added Trinidadian Shane Dominic Crawford to its sanctions on ISIL & AL-Qaida, in order to implement his UN listing.  The UN listed Mr Crawford earlier this month for serving as an English language propagandist for ISIL in print and video media.  He is believed to be in Syria, where it is thought he also serves as a sniper.  He is wanted in Trinidad and Tobago for firearm related offences and larceny, and was once arrested on suspicion of involvement in an alleged plot to assassinate the country’s prime minister and several members of its government.

See Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1500 amending Council Regulation (EU) 881/2002.  The EU’s notice to him is here.

EU amends terrorist listing to show person was killed

The EU has implemented a UN amendment to the identifying information given for Rustam Magomedovich, listed on UN sanctions against ISIL & Al-Qaida. The amendment states that he was killed on 3 December 2016, and does not say why he continues to be UN designated.

See Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1488 amending Council Regulation (EC) 881/2002.