By Maya Lester KC & Michael O’Kane

Sanctions Profile: Corruption

At a glance

The UK Government adopted the Global Anti-Corruption Sanctions Regulations 2021 on 26 April 2021. The regime aims to prevent and combat serious corruption, which for the purposes of the regime, comprises bribery or the misappropriation of property involving public officials.

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US lists over 80 people & entities linked to human rights abuses & corruption

On 9 December 2022, the US Department of State and OFAC designated more than 80 people and entities alleged to be responsible for human rights abuses and corruption. These actions were taken pursuant to sanctions authorities Executive Order (E.O.) 14024 (Russia), 13818 (‘Magnitsky’), 13722 and 13687 (North Korea), or 13553 (Iran), or otherwise Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, …

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UK makes 30 designations under 7 sanctions regimes

To mark International Anti-Corruption Day and Human Rights Day, UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly has announced the designation of 30 people alleged to be corrupt political figures, human rights violators and perpetrators of conflict-related sexual violence. Those designated are listed below under the relevant sanctions regime. Notice, Notice, Notice, Notice, Notice, Notice & Notice. See also Ministerial Statement & House …

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US imposes corruption & Russia sanctions over activity in Moldova

The US yesterday designated 9 people and 12 entities in connection with corruption and Russia’s influence and destabilising campaigns in Moldova. OFAC Press Release & Notice, State Department Press Release. Corruption Former Moldovan government official Vladimir Plahotniuc has been listed pursuant Executive Order (E.O.) 13818 (Global Magnitsky sanctions) for being responsible for / complicit in corruption, including by bribing law …

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EU Commission will introduce corruption sanctions

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has announced in her State of the Union Address that the Commission will present measures to include corruption in the EU’s human rights sanctions regime (which is found here). The European Parliament called for the adoption of an EU corruption sanctions regime in February 2022 (previous post). The UK and US …


US designates Paraguayan Vice President and legal counsel for corruption

Paraguayan Vice President Hugo Velazquez and Yacyretá Bi-National Entity Legal Counsel Juan Carlos “Charly” Duarte have been designated by the US Department of State over their alleged involvement in significant corruption. Press Release. Mr Duarte is said to have offered a bribe to a Paraguayan public official to obstruct an investigation that threatened the Vice President and his financial interests. …


Current Sanctions


The Global Anti-Corruption Sanctions Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/488)

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