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Last week's major developments in sanctions - Jun. 21st to Jun. 25th, 2021

Monday, June 21st

- This week started with the addition of five individuals to the France list of sanctions pursuant to the France Anti-Terrorism program. (Here) Concurrently, two individuals were unlisted as their six-month period of designation expired.

- In an administrative move, the EU extended the application of sanctions imposed by Decision 2014/386/CFSP for another year. (Here) The restrictive measures imposed by Decision 2014/386/CFSP are trade sanctions, and some financial sanctions against the Crimea region.

- The EU Council added a designation ground to its Libya regime. The new ground is defined as "obstructing or undermining the elections planned for in the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum Roadmap." (Here)

- The EU Council also took further actions with respect to Belarus by adding 78 individuals and 8 entities. (Here, press release) The Council also amended the initial sanction-imposing Decision by providing two more grounds for authorizations to be granted. (Here)

- The EU Council added eight individuals and three entities to its list of sanctions targets pursuant to its Myanmar/Burma regime. (Here, press release) What a day for the Council! It took four sanctions related decisions.

- OFAC adde sixteen individuals and five entities to its SDN list under its Belarus program. (Here, press release) One of the designated entities was the State Security Committee of the Republic of Belarus. OFAC issued a General License authorizing limited transactions with the entity in question. In order to clarify the scope of the General License, OFAC published FAQ 912 and 913. Furthermore, the U.S. Department of State also imposed visa restrictions on 46 Belarusian officials and issued a joint statement with Canada, the EU, and the UK. (Here)

- OFSI added three entities to its list of sanctions targets pursuant to its Myanmar regime. (Here, press release) It also added another thirteen entities purstant to the Belarus sanctions regime of the UK. (Here)

Tuesday, June 22nd - The United States seized 33 websites used by the Iranian Islamic Radio and Television Union and three websites operated by Kata’ib Hizballah. The DOJ press release stated that the seizure was done because of violations of sanctions. (Here)

Wednesday, June 23rd

- OFSI updated its Russia guidance. (Here)

Thursday, June 24th

- The EU Council significantly broadened the scope of sanctions against Belarus by restricting certain exports to the Country and limiting the access of Belarus to the European capital markets. (Here, press release)

- The Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security added five Chinese entities to the Entity List for accepting or utilizing forced labor in the implementation of the People’s Republic of China’s campaign of repression against Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. (Here, relevant White House Fact Sheet, Dept. of State press release)

Friday, June 25th

- OFSI uploaded the recording of the webinar it had on licensing. (Here)


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