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.
In January 2021, the UK adopted The Democratic Republic of the Congo (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019.
The UK Democratic Republic of the Congo (Sanctions) (EU Exit) (Amendment) Regulations (SI 2021/1041) will enter into force on 7 October 2021. These implement UN Resolution 2582 (2021), which amends the criteria for including people and entities on the UN’s DRC sanctions list to include the “planning, directing, sponsoring or participating in attacks against medical personnel or humanitarian personnel”.
The EU General Court has dismissed the applications of 10 Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) nationals, including former officials, to annul their 2019 targeted sanctions re-listings pursuant to Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/2109 and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/2101. All applicants have previously challenged their 2017 re-listings (previous post). The judgments (all 15 September 2021): Kazembe Musonda (T-95/20); Kande Mupompa …
Over the past month, several sanctions regimes have been renewed around the world: The US renewed its Belarus sanctions regime until 16 June 2022 by continuing the national emergency as declared in Executive Order 13405 (Notice); The EU adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1010, which renewed its Russia sanctions regime until 23 June 2022; and The UN Security Council adopted resolution …
In December 2020, the EU Council adopted Decision (CFSP) 2020/2033 which renewed sanctions concerning the Democratic Republic of the Congo for 1 year. North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Ukraine, Moldova and Armenia have aligned themselves with this decision. See press release.
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.