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US Treasury targets transnational criminal organisation smuggling migrants into the United States

Targets the Abdul Karim Conteh Human Smuggling Organization (Karim HSO), a transnational criminal organization (TCO) based in Tijuana, Mexico.

US Treasury maintains pressure on Houthi illicit shipping and finance schemes

This action includes Indonesia-based Malaysian and Singaporean national Mohammad Roslan Bin Ahmad and People’s Republic of China (PRC)-based Chinese national Zhuang Liang, who have facilitated illicit shipments and engaged in money laundering for the network of Sa’id al-Jamal.

House of Commons Library publishes report on use of sanctions against countries supporting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Considers the impact of sanctions on countries, including China, India, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Israel and Saudi Arabia who do not support unilateral sanctions against Russia.

US Treasury sanctions Tren de Aragua as a transnational criminal organisation

Tren de Aragua, a Venezuela-based transnational criminal organisation, is expanding throughout the Western Hemisphere and engaging in diverse criminal activities, such as human smuggling and trafficking, gender-based violence, money laundering, and illicit drug trafficking.

UK announces 50 new sanctions designations and specifications to degrade Putin’s war machine, in co-ordinated action with G7 partners to support Ukraine

50 new sanctions designations and specifications announces, in co-ordinated action with G7 partners to support Ukraine. New targets include ships in Putin’s shadow fleet, institutions at the heart of Russia’s financial system and suppliers supporting Russia’s military production…

European Commission announces export controls and restrictions against Russia which are designed to limit their access to key technologies and resources

The EC, along with Japan, the UK, and the US, held a meeting on 10th July, 2024, to discuss the enhancement of export restriction measures in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. They emphasised the importance of maintaining and adjusting these restrictions to prevent Russia from accessing military-related items, warning that companies profiting from such sales will face legal consequences…

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EU Commission further extends the scope of sanctions against Belarus in response to continued involvement in Russian aggression against Ukraine

The new measures are tailored in view of the specific characteristics of EU-Belarus trade and affect various sectors of the Belarusian economy, including trade, services and transport.

Council of EU adds six persons to EU sanctions list for malicious cyber activities against EU member states and Ukraine

The EU imposed sanctions on the Callisto group, engaged in cyber operations targeting EU states and third countries via phishing to steal sensitive data. These actions increase the EU’s cyber sanctions list to 14 individuals and four entities, including asset freezes, travel bans, and financial prohibitions…