UN Libya sanctions listing of vessel ‘Nadine’ expires

Ship2.jpgThe UN Security Council has announced that the Libya sanctions listing of the vessel named ‘Nadine’ expired yesterday (previous blog here). 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.

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.

EU aligns with latest UN-DPRK sanctions

EU2.jpgOn 30 March 2018, the UN Security Council added 1 individual (asset freeze and travel ban), 21 entities (majority shipping companies; asset freezes), and 27 vessels (asset freezes on 15 vessels, port entry ban on 25 vessels, and de-flagging of 12 vessels) to its North Korea sanctions list – see previous blog here.

Today, the EU implemented those UN measures by adopting Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/551 and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/548. Links to EU Notice and press release.

UN adds 22 entries & designates 27 vessels under DPRK sanctions list

vessel in ocean.jpgOn 30 March 2018, the UN Security Council added 1 individual, Tsang Yung Yuan, and 21 entities (majority shipping companies) to its North Korea sanctions list (asset freezes and travel ban imposed).

The UNSC also sanctioned 27 vessels: 13 of which have been imposed with asset freezes and UN port bans; 2 have been imposed with just asset freezes; and the remaining 12 vessels have been subjected to de-flagging and UN port bans. UN press release here.

UN & EU add KIB group to ISIL & A-Q sanctions list

UN5.jpgThe UN Security Council has added the group Khatiba Imam al-Bukhari (KIB) to its ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida sanctions list (asset freeze, travel ban and arms embargo imposed). The group was listed for (inter alia) being “associated with Al-Nusrah Front for the People of the Levant”, as well as having committed “terrorist attacks against military and civilian installations in the Syrian Arab Republic”. UN press release here, and Narrative Summary of Reasons for Listing here.

The EU implemented this listing on 5 April 2018 by adopting Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2918/537. EU Notice here.

EU updates 3 entries on Sudan sanctions list

EU3.jpgOn 14 March 2018, the UN Security Council amended the entries of 3 people appearing under its Sudan sanctions list, namely: Musa Hilal Abdalla Alnsiem, Adam Yacub Sharif and Ibril Abdulkarim Ibrahim Mayu (previous blog here).

Today, the EU has implemented those changes by adopting Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/516 and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/512.

New UN Experts Report on DPRK sanctions

UN4The Panel of Experts assigned to the UN Security Council’s DPRK Sanctions Committee has published its Final Report (2018), which offers (inter alia) a series of recommendations for designation.

In respect of North Korea continuing to have “access to the international financial system”, the following individuals and entities have been recommended for designation: Han Hun Il (Edward Han), Ri Ho Nam, Ri Ik (Li Ik), Wang Zhi Guo, Pak In Su, Kim Chang-Hyok and Kim Su-Gwang, as well as ‘International Global System’ and ‘International Golden Services’. The Panel has also reiterated its recommendations in previous reports for the designation of ‘Pan Systems’.

The Report also recommends the ‘Nuclear Weapons Institute’ for designation, on the basis that it is engaged in the nuclear-related programme of the DPRK (it is said to be led by designated person Ri Hong-Sop, and a subordinate company to the designated entity, Munitions Industry Department).

Furthermore, the Panel has recommended that the following 3 individuals should be designated for having violated paragraphs 11 and 14 of UNSC Resolution 2375 (2017) (namely, engaging in the illicit transfer to the DPRK of refined petroleum products by way of ship-to-ship transfers): Shih-Hsien Chen, Boby Julian Akbari (captain of the designated vessel: ‘Billions No. 18’ – see previous blog here) and Wang Songchang (captain of the vessel: ‘Lighthouse Winmore’, which was seized by South Korean authorities earlier this year – see previous blog here).