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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Third countries align themselves with EU DRC sanctions

In December 2020, the EU Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2020/2033, which renewed sanctions relating to the Democratic Republic of Congo for 1 year, and de-listed one person. North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Iceland and Liechtenstein have aligned themselves with this decision. See press release here.

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EU renews DRC sanctions for 1 year & delists 1 person

The EU Council has renewed targeted sanctions relating to Democratic Republic of Congo for 1 year until 12 December 2021. The sanctions were imposed in 2010 in response to obstruction of the electoral process and human rights violations. 1 person has been removed from the sanctions list, and the statement of reasons concerning 11 listed officials has also been updated. See …

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US renews DRC & Colombia drug trafficking sanctions for 1 year

Democratic Republic of Congo The US has extended the national emergency as declared in Executive Order (E.O.) 13413, as amended, to renew sanctions against the DRC for 1 year. The statement says that the situation in the DRC continues to be “marked by widespread violence and atrocities that continue to threaten regional stability”. Colombia drug trafficking sanctions The US has …

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UNSC renews DRC sanctions regime for 1 year

The UN Security Council have adopted Resolution 2528 (2020), which renews its sanctions regime relating to the Democratic Republic of Congo for 1 year until 1 July 2021, and continues until 1 August 2021 the mandate of the Group of Experts overseeing the sanctions measures. The UNSC reaffirmed measures set out in Resolution 2293 (2016), which imposed asset freezes and …

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UN Panel report on DRC arms embargo violations & gold smuggling

The UN Panel of Experts on the Democratic Republic of Congo has issued its 2020 final report. It says that “several countries offered military training and delivered significant quantities of arms, ammunition, equipment and military vehicles to armed forces” without notifying the UNSC Sanctions Committee, as is required under resolution 1533 (2004). The DRC Sanctions Committee also expressed concern about …

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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 Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/189

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1507

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/2021


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 Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/1509

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

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/190

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/2033

The Democratic Republic of Congo (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/433)