EU implements first UN-Mali listings

EU3Last month, the UN Security Council added 3 individuals to its Mali sanctions list: Ahmoudou Ag Asriw, Mahamadou Ag Rhissa, and Mohamed Ousmane Ag Mohamedoune (travel bans only). They were the first designations to be made under the UN’s Mali sanctions (see previous blog).

Today (10 January), the EU implemented these listings to its Mali sanctions list, see Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2019/29. As a result, they will now be subject to EU-wide travel bans only.

First UN Mali sanctions listings

UNSCYesterday (20 December), the UN Security Council added 3 individuals to its Mali sanctions list: Ahmoudou Ag Asriw, Mahamadou Ag Rhissa, and Mohamed Ousmane Ag Mohamedoune (travel bans only). These are the first designations to have been made under the UN’s Mali sanctions. See UN Press Release.

UN renews Mali sanctions for 1 year

UN2.jpgYesterday, the UN Security Council renewed its Mali sanctions (asset freezes and travel bans) until 31 August 2019, by adopting UNSC Resolution 2432 (2018). However, there are no individuals or entities currently designated by the UN Mali Sanctions Committee. See UN press release.

France to propose first names for UN-Mali sanctions

UN HQ.jpgThe UN Security Council held a meeting yesterday on the current situation in Mali, in which French UN ambassador Francois Delattre said (inter alia) that France would be identifying a number of people for UN sanctions (travel ban and/or asset freeze) who have violated or obstructed Mali’s 2015 peace agreement (specifically those that have colluded with terrorist groups and trafficking networks). To date, no individuals have been designated under the UN’s Mali sanctions regime, which was established in September 2017. UN press release here.

Switzerland adopts UN sanctions against Mali

Switzerland1The Swiss Federal Council has transposed into Swiss law the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 2374 (2017), which orders the freezing of assets and a ban on travel for individuals or entities acting (directly or indirectly) to undermine the peace, security and stability of Mali. Click here for the Swiss press release.

UK provides for EU sanctions on Mali

Parliament1The 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.

EU implements new UN sanctions regime 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.

See Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1775.

UN establishes sanctions against people destabilising Mali

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.