EU implements UN arms embargo on South Sudan

EU4On 13 July 2018, the UN Security Council adopted UNSC Resolution 2428 (2018), which (inter alia) imposed an arms embargo on South Sudan until 31 May 2019 and designated two “high-ranking” individuals (Malek Reuben Riak Rengu and Paul Malong Awan) for targeted measures (previous blog).

Earlier this week (13 August), the EU implemented those UN sanctions on South Sudan. See Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1125, Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1115, Council Regulation (EU) 2018/1116 and EU press release.

UN & US terrorist designations

Terrorist.jpgLast week (9 August), the UN Security Council added Adnan Abou Walid al-Sahraoui to its ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida sanctions list. He will now be subject to a UN asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo. See UN press release and narrative summary for listing. The EU implemented this UN listing yesterday, see Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1138. UK OFSI Notice here.

Earlier this week (13 August), the US State Department designated Qassim Abdullah Ali Ahmed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224 (asset freeze). According to the Department of State press release, “[Mr Ahmed] is an Iran-based leader of al-Ashtar Brigades (AAB), a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) and SDGT that seeks to overthrow the Bahraini government. [Mr Ahmed] has recruited terrorists in Bahrain, facilitated training on weapons and explosives for AAB members, and supplied AAB members with funding, weapons, and explosives to carry out attacks.” OFAC Notice here.

UN removes another Iraqi entity from sanctions list

UN2The UN Security Council has removed the ‘Directorate General of Geological Survey and Mineral Investigation’ from its Iraq sanctions list. As a result, it will no longer be subject to UN asset freezing measures. See UN press release and UK OFSI Notice.

This is the ninth entity to be delisted from the UN’s Iraq sanctions since June 2018 (see our previous blogs).

UN removes 4 state entities from Iraq sanctions

UN4Yesterday, the UN Security Council removed 4 Iraqi state entities from its sanctions list: Iraqi Tobacco State Establishment; Mosul Sugar State Company; State Enterprise for Dairy Products; and State Enterprise for Vegetable Oils. As a result, they will no longer be subject to UN asset freezing measures. UN press release here. These de-listings were implemented by the EU under Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1066. UK OFSI Notice here.

Earlier this month, the Council also removed the General Establishment for Grain Trading from its Iraq sanctions list (previous blog), as well as 2 Iraqi insurance companies: Iraqi Life Insurance Company and National Insurance Company (previous blog). These de-listings were implemented by the EU under Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/979 and Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1025 respectively.

UN lifts sanctions on 2 Iraqi insurance companies

UNSCLast week (13 July 2018), the UN Security Council removed 2 entities from its Iraq sanctions list: ‘Iraqi Life Insurance Company’ and ‘National Insurance Company’. As a result, they will no longer be subject to UN asset freezing measures. UN press release here.

UN renews South Sudan sanctions & designates 2 individuals

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Last week (13 July 2018), the UN Security Council adopted UNSC Resolution 2428 (2018), which:

 

  1. Extends UN sanctions on South Sudan until 31 May 2019 (includes an arms embargo and targeted measures, namely, asset freezes and travel bans); and
  1. Designates 2 “high-ranking” individuals to the South Sudan sanctions list: Malek Reuben Riak Rengu and Paul Malong Awan (travel bans and asset freezes imposed). UN press release here and UK OFSI Notice here.

EU implements UN de-listing of Iraq’s State Organisation of Grain

EU4Earlier this week, the UN Security Council removed the ‘General Establishment for Grain Trading’ from its Iraq sanctions list (previous blog).

Yesterday, the EU implemented this UN delisting by adopting Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/979. As a result, the body will no longer be subject to EU asset freezing measures. UK OFSI Notice here.