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Last week's major developments in sanctions - December 4th to December 8th, 2023

Monday, December 4

Tuesday, December 5

Wednesday, December 6
  • France imposed asset-freezing sanctions against two individuals pursuant to its autonomous counter-terrorism sanctions. (Here)

  • OFSI imposed asset-freezing sanctions on 45 individuals for their involvement in destabilizing Ukraine and supporting the Russian government. (Here, press release)

  • OFSI imposed asset-freezing sanctions on one entity under its Belarus sanctions regime. (Here)

  • OFAC, in coordination with the Government of Mexico, imposed asset-freezing sanctions against 15 Mexican individuals and two Mexico-based companies for their involvement with the Beltrán Leyva Organization, a major drug trafficking organization. (Here, Department of the Treasury press release, Department of State press release)


Thursday, December 7

Friday, December 8
  • The UN Security Council's relevant committee added the names of four individuals to the list of sanctions targets under its Haiti sanctions regime. (Here)

  • On a busy day on the U.K. sanctions front, OFSI:

  • Imposed asset-freezing sanctions against 17 Belarusian government officials for their involvement with human rights violations, undermining democracy, and the disappearance of Yury Zakharanka, Viktar Hanchar, Anatol Krasouski, and Dzmitry Zavadski; (Here)

  • Imposed asset-freezing sanctions against eight individuals for their involvement in repressing the civilian population in Syria or who have been involved with the Syrian regime; (Here)

  • Imposed asset-freezing sanctions against 16 individuals for human rights violations; and (Here, press release)

  • Imposed asset-freezing sanctions against five individuals for serious human rights violations in Iran. (Here)

  • OFAC announced a settlement with Nasda Inc. for $4,040,923 concerning 151 apparent violations of OFAC sanctions on Iran. (Here, Department of the Treasury Enforcement Release)

  • OFAC published one Global Magnitsky-related FAQ regarding Afghanistan sanctions. (Here)

  • OFAC imposed asset freezing on 20 individuals for their involvement with human rights abuses in nine countries. (Here, Department of the Treasury press release)

  • The Department of State imposed travel bans (a type of sanction) on two individuals in Indonesia, and one Russian police officer, and expanded visa restrictions on former Syrian government officials for their involvement in a myriad of human rights abuses. (Department of State press release)

  • OFSI issued a General License under all UK Autonomous Sanctions regulations allowing for payments of taxes, rates on domestic properties, and non-domestic rates including penalties or fees, to local authorities in the UK from or on behalf of a designated person. (OFSI Press Release, General License)

  • The EU Council renewed restrictive measures regarding the Democratic Republic of the Congo for one year until December 12, 2024. (Decision, press release)

  • The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia seized three internet domains used by Specially Designated Nationals and members associated with Hezbollah. (Here)


Recommendations of the Week
  • Check out this multi-agency red alert issued by the UK government about common Russia sanctions evasion techniques to obtain goods used in the Ukrainian conflict.

  • Our founder, Amir Fadavi, will be on a panel to discuss "Mitigating Risks of Russian Trade Control Evasion." You can still register here.

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