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Last week's major developments in sanctions - Apr. 12th to Apr. 16th, 2021

Monday, April 12th

- France started this week by adding eight individuals to its unilateral sanctions list. (Here)

- In the midst of negotiations with Iran to revive the JCPoA, EU added eight individuals and three entities (prisons) to its list of targets under the Iran's human rights regime, reminding everyone that EU has maintained some sanctions against Iran even it lifted a lot of them in the aftermath of the JCPoA. (Here, press release)

- OFAC amended three FAQs concerning the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000. (FAQs 97, 98, and 500) OFAC also made some modifications to reflect the changes in the Sudan sanctions. (FAQ 836.)

Tuesday, April 13th - OFAC added a notorious commander of a drug cartel to its SDN list. (Here, Department of State press release)

- OFAC removed names of two individuals from its SDN list which used to be listed under the Cuba program. (Here)

Wednesday, April 14th

- No major development on this day.

Thursday, April 15th

- The United States announced new sanctions against Russia. Several additions to the SDN lists, a new Executive Order, and a new Directive were among those actions. (The White House fact sheet, State Department press release, and The Treasury actions) I published a dedicated post about this if you want to take a look: New Sanctions against Russia

- Security Council 1518 Sanctions Committee (related to Iraq), removed six entities from its list of targets. (Here)

- EU added an individual to its anti-terrorism sanctions. (Here, press release)

Friday, April 16th

- The Department of States (vaguely) announced that it imposed Visa restrictions (kind of sanctions) against "those believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in Uganda, including during the country’s January 14 general elections and the campaign period that preceded it." (Here)

- The United Nations Security Councils extended the trade restrictions on Libyan oil till July 30, 2022. (Here)

Recommendations of the week

- This week's recommendation is more of a news story and it is not purely sanctions related. France implemented a publicly accessible registrar where you can find the beneficial owners of the entities incorporated in France. (The platform, press release)


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