US delays decision on lifting Sudan sanctions for 3 months

The US has extended the deadline for deciding whether to revoke its sanctions on Sudan for 3 months. They were due to expire on 12 July, if not prevented by the White House. The Obama Administration eased US sanctions on Sudan in January, in recognition of Sudan’s improved cooperation with the US including on counter-terrorism, improvements to humanitarian access, and the reduction in its military activity in conflict areas such as Darfur (see previous blog). The full lifting of the sanctions is contingent on Sudan continuing to address these areas, but the current administration decided that it needed more time to “ensure that, given the scope and gravity of this decision, we reached the proper outcome”.

Senior administration officials gave a press briefing on US sanctions on Sudan on Wednesday (link here).

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Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC is a senior barrister (Queen’s Counsel) at Brick Court Chambers with a wide-ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. The legal directories say she is the...

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