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White House announces continuation of the national emergency with respect to the Central African Republic

Reflects breakdown in law and order; intersectarian tension; the pervasive, often forced recruitment and use of child soldiers; and widespread violence and atrocities, including those committed by Kremlin-linked and Yevgeniy Prigozhin-affiliated entities such as the Wagner Group,

Europol announces new series of measures issued against the administrator of LockBit

The administrator and developer of LockBit, a Russian national, is now subject to a series of asset freezes and travel bans.

UK Govt adds three entries to the UK sanctions list under the Global Anti-Corruption regime

The Regulations provide for the imposition of financial sanctions, namely the freezing of funds and economic resources persons who are or have been involved in serious corruption…

OFSI issues new FAQs on UK sanctions and updated enforcement guidance

The FAQs are designed to complement existing guidance, which will continue to take precedence along with the relevant legislation. FAQs will be published on an “as- needed” basis, focusing on areas where new guidance would be beneficial to a substantial audience. These may include significant policy changes, new general licences (“GLs“), enforcement actions or wider implementation problems…

UK authorities invite private sector entities to take the UK Sanctions Perceptions Survey

The FCDO released a UK Sanctions Perceptions Survey to provide the public with an opportunity to anonymously inform the UK Government of how UK sanctions impact their businesses. According to the FCDO, the survey, which should take between 30 and 45 minutes to complete, is intended to help the UK Government gain an understanding of the impact of sanctions on private sector companies and non-government organizations (“NGOs”) and enable the government to identify ways …

UK House of Lords debates Russia sanctions, seizure and secondary sanctions

The UK House of Lords debated the potential review of sanctions against Russian individuals in light of President Putin’s re-election and the continuing war in Ukraine.  The House of Lords considered inter alia evidence that most Russian exports exceed the price cap, the potential need for more targeted action and the importance of tackling the circumvention of sanctions…

US Treasury designates Iranian cyber actors targeting U.S. Companies and government agencies

OFAC sanctioned two companies and four individuals involved in malicious cyber activity on behalf of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Cyber Electronic Command (IRGC-CEC). These actors targeted more than a dozen U.S. companies and government entities through cyber operations, including spear phishing and malware attacks…

US Treasury targets sanctions evaders supporting key Hizballah financial advisor

Five individuals, including two co-founders of CTEX Exchange and two of Moukalled’s sons, operate two companies in Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that are being concurrently designated

EU Parliament condemns Iran’s attack on Israel: calls for de-escalation and further sanctions

Reiterates Parliament’s long-standing call to include Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on the EU list of terrorist organisations, stressing that such a decision is long overdue due to malign Iranian activities. It similarly calls on the Council and EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell to add Hezbollah in its entirety to the same list.

US Treasury targets West African hostage takers

Two leaders of al-Qa’ida-aligned terrorist group Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal-Muslimin (JNIM) sanctioned for hostage-taking of U.S. persons in West Africa.

US Treasury targets networks facilitating illicit trade and UAV transfers on behalf of Iranian military

Applied to over one dozen entities, individuals, and vessels that have played a central role in facilitating and financing the clandestine sale of Iranian unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for Iran’s Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL), which itself is involved in supporting Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Russia’s war in Ukraine

US Treasury designates entities involved in raising funds for violent extremists in the West Bank

The fundraising campaigns established by Mount Hebron Fund for Levi and by Shlom Asiraich for Chasdai generated the equivalent of $140,000 and $31,000, respectively