UN designates 3 vessels over illicit DPRK ship-to-ship transfers

Oil tanker ship.jpgThe UN Security Council has designated 3 vessels – Shang Yuan Bao, New Regent, and Kum Un San 3 – pursuant to para 12 of UNSC Resolution 2321 (2016) and para 6 of UNSC Resolution 2371 (2017), for engaging in illicit North Korea-related ship-to-ship transfers, “likely for oil”. The vessels will now be subject to de-flagging and a UN-wide port ban. See UN press release.

UN & EU add Anjem Choudary to terrorism sanctions list

UN4Yesterday, the UN Security Council announced that it has added British national Anjem Choudary to its ISIL (Da’esh) & Al-Qaida sanctions list for “recruiting for” and “otherwise supporting acts or activities of” ISIL (asset freeze, travel ban, and arms embargo imposed). The UN Narrative Summary of Reasons for Listing notes that Mr Choudary was sentenced in the UK (September 2016) for inviting support for ISIL, and that since his conviction and imprisonment, he has not made any statements denouncing his allegiance to and support for ISIL.

On 18 October 2018, the EU implemented this UN listing, see Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1562.

UN Special Rapporteur concerns about unilateral sanctions

UN1The UN Special Rapporteur Idriss Jazairy has published a Report expressing concerns about the impact of “unilateral sanctions” (i.e. non UN sanctions regime) on fundamental rights.

He recommends human rights assessments and judicial review, and expresses concern about the use of sanctions as economic warfare, the potential for discriminatory effects, the impact of US sanctions on Iran and Russia, and the extraterritorial effect of US sanctions. The report suggests the ultimate abolition of unilateral sanctions, and before then a draft declaration to establish an international consensus on the minimum human rights protections that must be applied to the use of unilateral sanctions.

UN & EU sanction Al-Qaida’s Mali branch JNIM

UNSCYesterday (4 October), the UN Security Council added Jama’a Nusrat ul-Islam wa al-Muslimin (JNIM) to its ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida sanctions list. According to the UN summary of reasons for listing, JNIM has “described itself as the official branch of Al-Qaida in Mali”. It will now be subject to a UN asset freeze and arms embargo. See UN press release.

On 5 September 2018, the US imposed an asset freeze on JNIM by designating it as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (see previous blog).

On 8 October 2018, the EU implemented the UN listing of JNIM, see Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1494.

UN removes 2 more entities from Iraq sanctions list

UN5The UN Security Council has removed 2 further entities from its Iraq sanctions list: State Enterprise For Automotive Industry, and State Organization For Construction Industries. They will no longer be subject to UN asset freezes. Since June 2018, the UN has delisted 17 entities from its Iraq sanctions list.

UN removes 5 more entities from Iraq sanctions list

UN4The UN Security Council has removed a further 5 entities from its Iraq sanctions list:  State Company For Electrical Industries; State Enterprise For Drug Industries; Iraqi Fairs Administration; State Enterprise For Shopping Centres; and State Trading Company For Construction Materials. As a result, the entities will now longer be subject to UN asset freezes. See UN press releases here and here.

The EU implemented the de-listings of the ‘State Company For Electrical Industries’ and the ‘State Enterprise For Drug Industries’ yesterday, see Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1286.

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.