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.Show full details
The sanctions were imposed in response to then President Mobuto dissolving the government of Prime Minister Tshisekedi and violence in the country.
In 2003, the UN imposed sanctions on the DRC, by UN Security Council Resolution 1493, consisting of an arms embargo. It subsequently expanded those sanctions to include asset freezes and travel bans.
The EU consolidated its own sanctions on the DRC with those imposed by the UN, expanding the arms embargo and introducing targeted asset freezes and travel bans.
In 2016, the EU amended the designation criteria relating to its targeted sanctions, allowing measures to be imposed on (i) those responsible for serious human rights violations, (ii) those who promote violence, and (iii) those who try to obstruct a consensual and peaceful solution to the crisis which respects the aspiration of the people of the DRC to elect their representatives.
Summary of Current UN Sanctions:
The asset freeze applies to:
The travel ban applies to:
Summary of Current EU Sanctions:
People and entities designated by the UN Sanctions Committee for engaging in or providing support for acts that undermine the peace, stability or security of the DRC.
People and entities designated by the EU for:
The EU has extended its Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) sanctions for 1 year until 12 December 2019. The measures comprise an arms embargo, as well as a targeted asset freeze and travel ban on 14 individuals “engaging in or providing support for acts that undermine the peace, stability or security of the DRC”. See […]
Today, OFAC issued an amendment to the Democratic Republic of the Congo Sanctions Regulations to implement Executive Order 13671 and to incorporate other technical and conforming changes. This regulatory amendment will take effect upon publication in the US Federal Register tomorrow (15 November 2018). See OFAC Notice.
The EU has amended the statements of reasons relating to 2 people on its Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) sanctions list: Alex Kande Mupompa (‘Former Governor of Kasai Central’) and Lambert Mende (‘Minister of Communications and Media’). See Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/569 and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/566.
Switzerland has joined the EU in imposing asset freezes and travel bans on 14 associates of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s president Joseph Kabila. They were added to the EU’s sanctions over the course of 2016 and 2017. President Kabila was due to stand down as President at the end of 2016, under a constitutional […]
In response to a written Parliamentary Question, HM Treasury has said that from 23 July 2005 until 30 September 2016, it froze approximately £580,000 of funds in the UK pursuant to the EU’s Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) sanctions regime (Council Decision 2010/788/CFSP (as amended) and Council Regulation (EC) 1183/2005 (as amended)). Between those dates, 38 people and […]