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US Department of State announces new global sanctions on Hamas financial networks

The U.S., in coordination with Australia and the UK, has imposed a new round of sanctions targeting financial networks affiliated with Hamas in Gaza, intensifying efforts to disrupt the group’s funding mechanisms…

EC adds six persons and five entities to EU Sanctions List on Syria

The EU Council has intensified sanctions on Syria, targeting six individuals and five entities linked to the Assad regime for their roles in arms trade and money laundering, reinforcing EU’s stance against ongoing human rights abuses in Syria…

Council of the EU establishes dedicated sanctions framework for Hamas and and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, listing six individuals

Those listed under the sanctions regime are subject to an asset freeze. The provision of funds or economic resources, directly or indirectly, to them or for their benefit is prohibited. Additionally, a travel ban to the EU applies to the natural persons listed.

Global Initiative releases report on ‘Hard targets: Identifying a framework of objectives for targeted sanctions on illicit economies’

The rising use of sanctions against criminal actors reflects the growing appreciation of the peace, security and economic threats posed by organised crime and corruption. However, it also reflects the perceived benefits of sanctions themselves, particularly in a context where the efficacy of other international tools for addressing organised crime…

EU establishes Guatemala sanctions regime to hold accountable those obstructing a democratic transition following the 2023 general elections

The EU will be able to impose restrictive measures against individuals and entities responsible for actions that undermine democracy, the rule of law and a peaceful transfer of power in Guatemala, including through persecution or intimidation of public officials…

 

US President enacts defense policy legislation impacting export controls, sanctions, and supply chain restrictions

President Biden signed the NDAA for Fiscal Year 2024 on December 22, 2023, affecting US export controls, sanctions, and supply chains. The legislation strengthens the AUKUS partnership and imposes sanctions for corruption while introducing procurement restrictions from specific foreign entities…

UK ECJU issues Guidance consisting of “reminders and good practice” for your export licence applications in 2024 and beyond.

All applications received are processed on a case-by-case basis against the Strategic Export Licensing Criteria and noting any trade sanctions, embargoes and other restrictions in place at the location where your proposed exports are going…

EC updated its frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the sanctions imposed on Russia

​The EC updated its Russia Sanctions FAQs concerning several sectors: 1) Medicines and medical devices, 2) Media, 3) Export-related restrictions for dual-use goods, and advanced technologies, 4) Imports, purchase and transfer of listed goods…

 

 

 

US imposes new sanctions on Russia, including financial institutions and an import ban

Biden Administration issued a new Executive Order imposing sanctions on foreign financial institutions facilitating Russia’s military-industrial base and expanding import bans on Russian-origin products, effective immediately…

UK expands access to humanitarian aid in Gaza

The UK voted in favor of UNSC resolution 2720 to expand access to humanitarian aid in Gaza including steps towards a sustainable ceasefire. The amendment added the Disasters Emergency Committee as a Relevant Person; amended the definition of “UK Funded Person;” clarified…

EBA consults on Guidelines for payment and crypto service providers to understand and comply with sanctions measures

Through two sets of new guidelines, the EBA creates, for the first time, a common understanding, among payment service providers (PSPs), crypto-asset service providers (CASPs) and their supervisors, of the steps they need to take to be able to comply with restrictive measures. The consultation runs until 25 March 2024.

EU adopts 12th package of economic and individual sanctions

The focus of this package is to impose more import and export bans on Russia, combat sanctions circumvention, and close loopholes. It includes additional listings of Russian individuals and companies and new import and export bans…