Last week (16 November 2018), the UN Security Council added one individual, Salah Badi, to its Libya sanctions list. As a result, he will now be subject to a UN asset freeze and travel ban. See UN Press Release and Narrative Summary of Reasons for Listing.
Earlier this week (14 November), the UN Security Council adopted UNSC Resolution 2444 (2018), which (inter alia):
1. Lifts the UN arms embargo, travel bans and asset freezes imposed on Eritrea; and
2. Renews the UN arms embargo against Somalia.
Yesterday (13 November 2018), the UN Security Council removed another entity from its Iraq sanctions list: Rafidain Company For Building Dams. As a result, it will no longer be subject to UN asset freezing measures. See UN press release.
On 19 November 2018, the EU implemented this delisting, see Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1781.
The 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.
Yesterday, 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.
The 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.