EU implements UN DRC sanctions listings

EU6Implementing a decision of the UN Security Council (previous blog here), the EU has added 4 people to its Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) sanctions list, see Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/202 and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/197.

The individuals are Muhindo Akili Mundos, General in the DRC’s armed forces, Gédéon Kyungu Mutanga Wa Bafunkwa Kanonga, Katangan rebel leader, Guidon Shimiray Mwissa, founder of the NDC-R armed group, and Lucien Nzambamwita, military leader of the FDLR armed group.

The EU Notice explains that these individuals may submit a request to the UN’s Focal Point for a reconsideration of their respective UN designations and may challenge the EU’s decision to implement the UN designations in the EU General Court. The US implemented these designations last week (previous blog here). UK OFSI Notice here.

OFAC implements UN listing of 4 military & militia leaders

OFAC has sanctioned 4 people who it says have been involved in human rights abuses “including sexual abuse and forced military recruitment of children” in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This action implements a UN Security Council decision to sanction them on 2 February (see previous blog).

The people are Muhindo Akili Mundos, General in the DRC’s armed forces, Gédéon Kyungu Mutanga, commander of the Bakata Katanga militia, Guidon Shimiray Mwissa, founder of the Nduma Defence of Congo-Renové armed group, and Lucien Nzabamwita, military leader of the FDLR armed group.

OFAC’s press release is here, and the details of the listings are here.

UN adds 4 to DRC sanctions list

UN4.jpgThe UN Security Council has added 4 people to its Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) sanctions list for “engaging in or providing support for acts that undermine the peace, stability or security of the DRC” (asset freezes and travel bans imposed).

One of the designated individuals, Muhindo Akili Mundos, is listed as the “DRC Armed Forces (FARDC) General, Commander of the 31st Brigade” and “FARDC Brigadier General”. Another individual, Gédéon Kyungu Mutanga Wa Bafunkwa Kanonga, is listed as the “Katangan rebel leader”. UN press release here and UK OFSI Notice here.

UN extends sanctions against CAR

UN1The UN Security Council has passed UNSC Resolution 2399 (2018), which extends its sanctions regime against the Central African Republic (CAR). As a result, the existing arms embargo, travel bans and asset freezes will continue to operate until 31 January 2019. UN press release here.

UN renews Libya ship designation

Oil tanker shipYesterday, the UN Security Council renewed the designation of a vessel named ‘Capricorn’ under its Libya sanctions list relating to the illicit exportation of petroleum from Libya. The designation was renewed pursuant to para 11 of UNSC Resolution 2146 (2014), and is valid until 17 April 2018. As a result, the ship will continue to be subject to a UN port ban, as well as a prohibition not to load, transport or discharge petroleum from Libya aboard the vessel. UN press release here.

On 2 February 2018, the UN Security Council updated this vessel’s listing by changing, among other things, its name from ‘Capricorn’ to ‘Nadine’. UN press release here.

EU aligning itself with latest UNSC Resolution against N Korea

EU2In line with recent UN Security Council Resolution 2397 (2017), the EU has added 16 individuals and 1 entity, ‘Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces (MPAF)’, to its North Korea sanctions list (asset freezes and travel restrictions imposed). See Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/16, Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/12 and EU Notice.

The EU has stated that it will work on the swift transposition of the other sanctions included in the UNSC Resolution and that it is likely to adopt “additional autonomous measures in the coming weeks”. EU press release here.

China to implement latest UN sanctions against N Korea

Chine-N Korea.jpgChina’s Ministry of Commerce has announced that it will be implementing the latest UN sanctions against North Korea: UNSC Resolution 2397 (2017) (for its main measures, see previous blog here).

To implement the Resolution, China will (inter alia) limit its exports of crude oil and refined petroleum products to North Korea, and impose a complete ban on exports of iron, steel and other metals (including industrial machinery and transport vehicles). Furthermore, a ban on all imports of North Korean food and agricultural products, minerals, machinery and ships has been announced.

UN Security Council updates ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida sanctions list

UN2The UN Security Council has removed one individual (Zayn Al-Abidin Muhammad Hussein) and amended the entry of another (Seifallah Ben Hassine) under its ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida sanctions list. The decision to remove was made following a de-listing request submitted through the Office of the Ombudsperson, and after considering the Comprehensive Report of the Ombudsperson.