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Council of the EU extends restrictive measures against ISIL/Da’esh, Al-Qaeda and Burundi for one year

The restrictive measures extended until October 31, 2024; include asset freezes, travel bans and forbid persons and entities in the EU from making funds, financial assets or economic resources available to them…

US Treasury sanctions members of Milorad Dodik’s family and patronage network

Members of this network, which include Dodik’s adult children, facilitate Dodik’s ongoing corruption in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) RS entity, allowing him to siphon public funds from the RS and enrich himself and his family at the expense of BiH citizens and functional governance in the country.

EU establishes a new Sudan-related sanctions regime

The Council of the European Union adopted a new sanctions framework to impose sanctions against those undermining the stability and political transition of Sudan and providing for a travel ban, the freezing of funds, and a prohibition on making funds available…

FCA surveys Sanctions systems and controls: firms’ response to increased sanctions due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

The FCA has identified examples of both good practice and areas for improvement under 5 key themes notably; Governance and oversight, CDD and KYC procedures, Skills and Resources, Screening Capabilities, Reporting breaches to the FCA…

European Commission announces an urgent review of its financial assistance for Palestine

The objective of this review is to ensure that no EU funding indirectly enables any terrorist organization to carry out attacks against Israel.

US Treasury sanctions multinational network supporting Iran’s UAV and military aircraft production

This network has facilitated shipments and financial transactions in support of the U.S.-designated Iran Aircraft Manufacturing Industrial Company’s (HESA’s) UAV and military aircraft production, procurement, and maintenance activities.

US Treasury targets large Chinese network of illicit drug producers

28 individuals and entities involved with the international proliferation of illicit drugs sanctioned, including a China-based network responsible for the manufacturing and distribution of ton quantities of fentanyl, methamphetamine, and MDMA precursors.

UK criminalizes membership in Wagner Group

The Wagner Group, its leaders and supporters, are already subject to financial sanctions in the UK. The process and criteria applied in proscribing entities are set forth in the Terrorism Act 2000.  The factors to be taken into account by the Home Secretary in electing….

Non-EU countries align with the new EU’s Iran Sanctions Framework

The candidate countries North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Ukraine, Republic of Moldova and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the EFTA countries Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, members of the European Economic Area, align themselves with this Council Decision…

Home Office updates list of proscribed terrorist groups or organisations

Russian state-funded private military company, Wagner Group, has been added to the list of proscribed organisations.

EU, UK and UN to bring UN sanctions on Iran into UK law

The UK, France and Germany (E3) announce they will transfer UN sanctions on Iran into domestic regimes and maintain existing EU/UK sanctions beyond October deadline included in nuclear deal. E3 taking ‘legitimate and proportionate’ action in response…

US Treasury targets Russian Technology Supply Chains, Military-Linked Elites and Industrial Base, and more with wide-ranging new sanctions

OFAC imposed nearly 100 sanctions on Russian elites and Russia’s industrial base, financial institutions, and technology suppliers. These wide-ranging designations demonstrate OFAC’s continued focus on individuals and entities benefiting from, supporting,…