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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A further round of OFAC Magnitsky sanctions – 68 listed this week

Yesterday (11 November), OFAC designated 18 people (17 officials and 1 businessman) located in Burma, Pakistan, Libya, Slovakia, the DRC and South Sudan under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (E.O. 13818) for their roles in serious human rights abuses. 6 entities owned/controlled by the businessman are subject to the same E.O.. These designations […]

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EU Council renews DRC sanctions & de-lists 2 people

The EU Council has renewed targeted sanctions relating to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for 1 year, imposed in 2010 in response to obstruction of the electoral process and human rights violations. The EU has acknowledged the peaceful recent election in the DRC, and says it is prepared to adjust sanctions accordingly if further […]

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US continues sanctions against DRC for 1 year

The US has extended the national emergency as declared in Executive Order (E.O.) 13413, as amended by E.O. 13671, to continue sanctions (asset freezing measures) with respect to the Democratic Republic of the Congo for 1 year. The Press Release says that the situation in the DRC is still “marked by widespread violence and atrocities […]

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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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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 Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/2101


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

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/2109

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)