Information as of: 10th October 2017

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Financial/Other Sanctions

UN S/Res/1844 (2008).
US EO 13536 (Apr 2010), updated July 2011.
EU/UK Reg 147/2003, updated September 2011.



Arms Embargo

UN S/Res/733 (1992) Partially lifted by S/Res/2093 (2013)
US EO 13536 (April 2010).
EU/UK 2010/231/CFSP amended by 2013/201/CFSP (2013).



Further Details

UN Financial assistance for military activities prohibited (some exceptions S/Res/1772, reaffirmed S/Res/2010). Measures for investigating financial, maritime & other sectors (S/Res/1724), possible targeted measures for violators (S/Res/1772). S/Res/1816 allows military forces, with agreement of govt, to enter Somali waters to repress piracy, particularly in the Gulf of Aden (reaffirmed by S/Res/1950 - Nov 2010 & S/Res/2020 - Nov 2011). Further UN action limited to urging IMO, shipping & insurance industries to apply best management practices developed to combat piracy (S/Res/1851, reiterated in S/Res/1897, S/Res/1976 & S/Res/2020). S/Res/1844 (Nov 2008) imposes sanctions on those identified as hampering peace process, reiterated in S/Res/2002 & S/Res/2060 (25 Jul 2012). S/Res/2077 (21 Nov 2012) addressed piracy in some detail & urged State activity to combat & prosecute instances of piracy. S/Res/2036 (2012) imposed a ban on the direct or indirect import of charcoal from Somalia, whether or not such charcoal originated in Somalia and that Somali authorities shall take the necessary measures to prevent the export of charcoal from Somalia. Member States to inspect in Somali waters or on the high seas vessels bound for Somalia which they have reasonable grounds to believe are carrying weapons to Somalia in violation of the arms embargo or charcoal in violation of the charcoal ban. Measures reaffirmed periodically.
US Freeze on assets of designated individuals (most recently updated Jul 2012) deemed to have been engaged in acts that threaten peace, security or stability (including piracy).
EU/UK Arms embargo & ban on services (reaffirmed by 2010/231/CFSP - list of designated entities updated periodically (most recently Oct 2012 via Reg 633/2012), including inspection of & prior information requirement on certain cargoes to & from Somalia. 2013/201/CFSP (2013) relaxes arms embargo in line with UN S/Res/ 2093. EU 478/2014, effective 12 May 2014, renews UN relaxation of arms embargo in respect to certain security forces in line with UN S/Res/ 2142(2014). CFSP 2015/335 Implements UN S/Res/2182 (2014). SDN list updated periodically.


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