The UK has published the Republic of Mali (European Union Financial Sanctions) Regulations 2017, SI 2017/972, which come into force on 31 October 2017. The Regulations make provision for the UK enforcement, licensing, penalties etc for Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1770, the EU’s sanctions on Mali.
The EU has implemented UN Resolution 2374, which allows for sanctions to be imposed on those actively undermining the implementation of Mali’s peace agreement or threatening the country’s peace, security, or stability (see previous blog). Designations will be made by the UN Security Council or its Sanctions Committee on Mali, for actions including attacks against Mali’s institutions and security forces, human rights abuses, and the use of children by armed groups. No one is currently listed under the sanctions.
The UN Security Council has adopted a resolution (2374 (2017)) establishing a sanctions regime on Mali, which will impose travel bans and assets freezes on people and entities engaged in activities that threaten the peace, security, or stability of the country. A sanctions committee has been set up for an initial period of 13 months to help operate the sanctions regime.
The Government of Mali requested in August that a sanctions regime be set up, in response to what it said were repeated ceasefire violations by armed groups in Northern Mali.