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Sanctions This Week: February 29-March 6, 2016


On March 2nd, 2016, the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) released the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) Al-Qaida and Taliban Regulations (UNAQTR) update to the consolidated list, underscoring recent information updates on 11 individuals and one entity.

The 11 individuals are subject to the assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo set out in paragraph 2 of Security Council resolution 2253 (2015) adopted under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations.  The individuals all have different nationalities, locations and expertise, but they have been tied to Al-Qaida.  The entity included is a Moroccan-led terrorist organization formed in August 2013, and were last known to be operating in the Syrian Arab Republic.

See the update on the United Nations (UN) website.

Go to the OSFI lists page.


The U.S. Department of Treasury’s Branch, The Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC), released one update last week, related to North Korea and Non-Proliferation Designation Lists updates.  A total of 11 individuals and five entities were added to both lists.  OFAC also released two updates where information related to two entities was changed.

OFAC administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on U.S. foreign policy and national security goals.  The sanctions target countries, regimes, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and other threats to the national security, foreign policy or economy of the U.S.  The North Korean five entities added are all state-owned entities, who all have North Korean national defense objectives.  The 11 individuals are all high ranking persons within the five organizations.

See the update on OFAC’s website.

See OFAC’s recent actions page.

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