UN adds 2 people to ISIL & Al-Qaida sanctions list

UNSCThe UN Security Council has added 2 Filipino nationals to its ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida sanctions list: Myrna Ajijul Mabanza (UN reasons for listing) and Abdulpatta Escalon Abubakar (UN reasons for listing). As a result, both individuals will be subject to asset freezes, travel bans and a prohibition to supply/sell them arms and related material. UN press release 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.

UN to consider further South Sudan sanctions

UNSC.jpgYesterday, the UN Security Council adopted UNSC Resolution 2418 (2018), which renews for 45 days (until 15 July 2018) UN sanctions (asset freezes and travel bans) on those “blocking peace in South Sudan”.

The Resolution also requests the Secretary-General to report by 30 June 2018 whether any fighting has taken place in South Sudan involving parties to the Peace Agreement (17 December 2017), and to report on whether the parties have come to a viable political agreement. If the Secretary-General reports such fighting or lack of a viable political agreement, then the UN Security Council will consider applying targeted sanctions to 6 individuals identified in Annex 1 to the Resolution and/or an arms embargo within 5 days of the Secretary-General’s report. The 6 individuals are: Koang Rambang Chol; Kuol Manyang Juuk; Malek Reuben Riak Rengu; Martin Elia Lomuro; Michael Makuei Lueth; and Paul Malong Awan.

We reported earlier this week that the US had drafted a UNSC Resolution in respect of South Sudan, which had featured some of the aforementioned individuals (previous blog).

US drafts Security Council resolution for more asset freezes on South Sudan government

The US has drafted a UN Security Council resolution that, if passed, would impose asset freezes on a number of government ministers and officials in South Sudan. It is reported that they have been targeted for obstructing attempts to secure peace in South Sudan and provide humanitarian assistance to citizens.

The targets include Minister of Information Michael Lueth, Defence Minister Kuol Manyang Juuk, and governor of Bieh State Koang Rambang. In November last year, Russia poured cold water on the idea of imposing new asset freezes or an arms embargo on South Sudan. The US was unsuccessful in its attempt to impose an arms embargo in December 2016.

UN & EU Libya sanctions listing of vessel ‘Lynn S’ expires

Oil tanker shipThe UN Security Council has announced that the Libya sanctions listing of the vessel named ‘Lynn S’ expired on 29 April 2018. As a result, the vessel will no longer be subject to a UN port ban or a prohibition from loading, transporting or discharging petroleum (including crude oil and refined products) from Libya aboard the ship.

On 15 May 2018, the EU deleted vessel ‘Lynn S’ from its Libya sanctions list, see Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/713 and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/711.

EU implements UN amendment to Afghanistan listing

EU CommissionEarlier this month, the UN Security Council amended the listing of Mohammed Omar Ghulam Nabi under its Afghanistan sanctions by altering his UN designation date from 31 January 2001 to 12 April 2000. UN press release here.

Today, the EU has implemented that UN amendment by adopting Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/656 and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/648.