Sanctions Profile: Democratic Republic of the Congo

At a glance

EU sanctions on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) were first imposed in 1993, when it was known as Zaire, and consisted of an arms embargo against armed groups and travel bans against senior officials of the Mobuto regime.

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UNSC renews DRC sanctions regime

The United Nations Security Council have renewed its sanctions regime relating to the Democratic Republic of Congo until 1 July 2020, and have extended the mandate of the Group of Experts until 1 August 2020, having unanimously adopted Resolution 2478 (2019). The resolution reaffirms measures set out in Resolution 2293 (2016), which imposed an arms […]

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Congolese elections officials to challenge US listings

In March 2019, three officials in the DRC’s Electoral Commission (CENI) were added to US sanctions lists for “persistent corruption” and obstructing democratic elections in the DRC’s 2018 Presidential Election, see post.  In a statement, the officials are challenging their designations on the basis that they are “unverifiable”, that military conflict caused the delay in […]

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DRC de-listings cases rejected by European Court

The EU General Court reviewed the basis for listing the 8 applicants who challenged their inclusion in the EU’s targeted sanctions relating to the DRC.  The Court rejected them all, finding sufficient reasons and a sufficiently solid base for including them, in Case T-582/17 Boshab & Others v Council (26 March 2019).

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UK publishes guidance on 4 UK sanctions regimes

The UK has published guidance relating to the following sanctions regimes: ·        ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida (United Nations Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019: Guidance; ·        The Democratic Republic of Congo (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019: Guidance; ·        The Counter-Terrorism (International Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019: Guidance; and ·        Zimbabwe (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019: Guidance. […]

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OFAC designates 3 electoral officials from DRC

OFAC has added 3 people to its Democratic Republic of Congo sanctions list following “persistent corruption by senior officials within the DRC’s National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) and the former Kabila Government to obstruct and delay preparations for credible and inclusive elections,” pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13412, as amended by E.O. 13671. See Treasury […]

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Current Sanctions



Council Regulation (EC) No 1183/2005

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EC) No 1183/2005

Amended by:

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1824/2005

Commission Regulation (EC) No 84/2006

Council Regulation (EC) No 1791/2006

Commission Regulation (EC) No 201/2007

Commission Regulation (EC) No 400/2007

Commission Regulation (EC) No 933/2007

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1096/2007

Commission Regulation (EC) No 242/2009

Commission Regulation (EU) No 1250/2010

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1097/2011

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 7/2012

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1251/2012

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 53/2013

Council Regulation (EU) No 521/2013

Council Regulation (EU) No 271/2014

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1275/2014

Council Regulation (EU) 2015/613

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/614

Council Regulation (EU) 2016/1165

Council Regulation (EU) 2016/2230

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/199

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/396

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/904

Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1326

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/197

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/566

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1931


Council Decision 2010/788/CFSP

Parent Decision

Council Decision 2010/788/CFSP

Amended by:

Council Implementing Decision 2011/699/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2011/848/CFSP

Council Decision 2012/811/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2013/46/CFSP

Council Decision 2014/147/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2014/862/CFSP

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/620

Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/1173

Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/2231

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/203

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/399

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/905

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1340

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/2282

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/202

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/569

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1940

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (Asset-Freezing) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/1511)

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (Asset-Freezing) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

The Export Control (Democratic Republic of Congo Sanctions and Miscellaneous Amendments and Revocations) Order 2015 (SI 2015/1546)