EU further extends Libya sanctions against 3 people

Libya2The EU has adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1465, which extends for 6 months – until 2 April 2019 – its Libya sanctions in respect of 3 people: Agila Saleh Issa Gwaider, Khalifa Ghwell, and Nuri Abu Sahmain. As a result, they will continue to be subject to EU-wide travel bans and asset freezes.

UN Panel of Experts say Belgian Euroclear Bank breached UN Libya sanctions

Libya2.jpgIn a Report published last week (5 September), the UN Panel of Experts for the Libya Sanctions Committee said Belgium’s Euroclear Bank had been in “non-compliance with the [UN-Libya] asset freeze”. The report states that the bank had allowed for interest payments from the frozen funds of the former Gaddafi regime to be made available to bank accounts of the Libyan Investment Authority in third countries until 23 October 2017.

UN, US & EU add Ibrahim Jadhran to Libya sanctions list

UNSCThe UN Security Council has added Ibrahim Saeed Salim Jadhran to its Libya sanctions list for (inter alia) carrying out “armed actions and attacks against oil installations located in [Libya’s] oil crescent region that caused its destruction, the latest of which was on 14 June 2018”. As a result, Mr Jadhran will now be subject to a UN asset freeze and travel ban. See UN press release and summary of reasons for listing.

The US implemented this listing on 12 September 2018, see OFAC Notice and US Treasury press release.

The EU implemented this listing on 19 September 2018, see Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/1250 and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1245.

3rd countries align with EU sanctions on Libya, DPRK, Russia/Ukraine, Maldives & Terrorism

EU3.jpgLibya: On 30 July 2018, the EU adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1086, which removed an individual (Omar Ashkal) from its Libya sanctions. The following countries have aligned themselves with that Decision: Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Moldova, and Georgia. See EU press release.

DPRK: On 30 July 2018, the EU adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1087, which updated its sanctions on North Korea (DPRK). The following countries have aligned themselves with that Decision: Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Moldova, and Armenia. See EU press release.

Russia/Ukraine: On 5 July 2018, the EU adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/964, which prolonged its sectoral sanctions on Russia for a further 6 months, until 31 January 2019. On 30 July, the EU also adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1085, which added 6 entities to its Russia/Ukraine sanctions (actions undermining the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine) for their involvement in the construction of the Kerch Bridge connecting Russia to the Crimean Peninsula. The following countries have aligned themselves with both of those Decisions: Montenegro, Albania, Norway, and Ukraine. See respective EU press releases here and here.

Maldives: On 16 July 2018, the EU adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1006, which established a sanctions framework on the Maldives in response to the country’s “continuing deterioration of the rule of law and human rights”. The following countries have aligned themselves with that Decision: Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Liechtenstein, Norway, Moldova, and Armenia. See EU press release.

Terrorism: On 16 July 2018, the EU adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1000, which added Algerian national Rabah Tahari to its ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaeda sanctions list. On 30 July, the EU also adopted Council Decision 2018/1084, which updated the list of persons and entities involved in terrorist acts as laid down by Council Common Position 2001/931/CFSP. The following countries have aligned themselves with both of those Decisions: Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Moldova, and Armenia. Furthermore, Liechtenstein and Georgia have aligned themselves with Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1000 only. See respective EU press releases here and here.

EU implements UN sanctions against 6 Libyan migrant smugglers

EU2Last week, the UN Security Council added 6 individuals to its Libya sanctions list for their involvement in the “illicit trafficking of migrants in Libya”. The 6 individuals were Ermias Ghermay, Fitiwi Abdelrazak, Ahmad Oumar al-Dabbashi, Mus’ab Abu-Qarin, Mohammed Kachlaf, and Abd Al-Rahan al-Milad (all subject to asset freezes and travel bans) (see previous blog).

Today, the EU announced that it has transposed these UN sanctions into EU law. This is the “first time that the UN has imposed sanctions against human traffickers”. See Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/872 and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/870.

The US implemented these UN sanctions earlier this week (11 June 2018), see OFAC Notice and Treasury press release.

UN removes Central Bank of Iraq from Iraq sanctions & adds 6 people to Libya sanctions over human trafficking

UN4.jpgYesterday, the UN Security Council removed the Central Bank of Iraq from its Iraq sanctions list (press release) and added 6 individuals to its Libya sanctions list for their involvement in the “illicit trafficking of migrants in Libya” (press release). The 6 individuals are Ermias Ghermay, Fitiwi Abdelrazak, Ahmad Oumar al-Dabbashi, Mus’ab Abu-Qarin, Mohammed Kachlaf, and Abd Al-Rahan al-Milad (all subject to asset freezes and travel bans). UK OFSI Notice here.

On 11 June 2018, the US implemented the UN Libya action, see OFAC Notice and Treasury press release.

On 18 June 2018, the EU  implemented the UN Iraq action, see Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/875.