Democratic Republic of Congo

Information as of: 31st July 2022

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UN S/Res/1596 (2005) - arms embargo, travel ban & assets freeze on designated individuals (extended and clarified by S/Res/2293 (2016)). Renewed until 1 July 2019 by S/Res/2424 (2018) and further renewed until 1 July 2020 under S/Res/2478 (2019). Renewed again until 1 July 2021 under S/Res/2528 (2020) and again until 1 July 2022 under S/Res/2582 (2021). S/Res/1896 requires UN States to ensure that firms involved with Congolese mineral products exercise due diligence on suppliers, including a UN recommendation on countries to publish full import & export statistics for natural resources (S/Res/1952), reaffirmed by S/Res/2021.
US Blocks property owned by designated individuals from DRC, including political & military leaders. EO Issued 8 July 2014 expands sanctions criteria to conform more closely with the UN Resolution criteria. SDN list updated periodically. The US extended the national emergency as declared in E.O.13413, as amended by E.O. 13671, to continue sanctions  and asset freezing measures for another 1 year until 27 Oct 2020. All restrictive measures under EO13413 were renewed for a further year until 28 Oct 2021.  All restrictive measures under EO13413 were renewed for a further year until 27 Oct 2022.
EU 2009/66/CFSP implemented S/Res/1896 (updated Mar 2009, Reg. 242/2009 and (EU) 2016/2230, 12 Dec 2016). S/Res/1807 adopted Jul 2008 through 2008/369/CFSP, later repealed and replaced by 2010/788/CFSP and amended by (CFSP) 2016/2231. Sanctions measures renewed by (CFSP) 2017/2282 until 12 Dec 2018. In July 2013, EU published a revised list of airlines banned from EU airspace, includes numerous entities based in DRC (updated June 2016). UN approved amendments to the SDN lists subject to financial sanctions, implemented in UK (Feb 2013). EU 270/2014 New exception on the ban on provision of certain services 17 March 2014. SDN list updated periodically. On the 10 Dec 2018 sanctions measures were renewed until 12 Dec 2019 by (CFSP) 2018/1940Sanctions measures renewed until 12 Dec 2020 by CFSP 2019/2109. Sanctions measures renewed until 12 Dec 2021 by (CFSP) 2020/2033 On the 22 Oct 2022 the EU amended its sanctions criteria to include “planning, directing, sponsoring or participating in attacks… against medical personnel or humanitarian personnel” under 2021/1863 and  (CFSP) 2021/1866The EU extended its sanctions regime until 12 Dec 2022 under CFSP 2021/2181
 The Democratic Republic of the Congo (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 incorporates EU sanctions into UK law wef: 31 Dec 2020. In September 2021 OFSI issued The UK Democratic Republic of the Congo (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment), which takes effect 7th Oct 2021. The amendment  is pursuant of UN S/Res/2582 (2021) that changes the criteria for including people and entities on the UN’s DRC sanctions list to include the “planning, directing, sponsoring or participating in attacks against medical personnel or humanitarian personnel”. 
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