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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OFAC 8 for corruption in Paraguay

3 people alleged to be involved in corruption schemes in Paraguay have been designated by the US alongside 5 associated entities, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818 (Global Magnitsky sanctions). OFAC Notice, Press Release and State Department Press Release. OFAC said that Kassem Mohamad Hijazi controls a money laundering organisation and is a despachante, or person “skilled at navigating local …


Australia to adopt human rights and corruption sanctions regimes

The Australian Government will adopt amendments to the Autonomous Sanctions Act 2011 to include new thematic human rights and corruption-based sanctions criteria, according to the government response to a December 2020 report which recommended the enactment of targeted sanctions legislation (see report and previous post). On 5 August 2021, Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs Marise Payne said that the amendments …

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British citizens subject to Russian tit-for-tat sanctions

The Russian Foreign Ministry has announced the imposition of travel bans on a “proportionate” number of British citizens in response to the UK designation of Russian nationals under the Global Anti-Corruption Sanctions Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/488) in April 2021 (previous post), and under the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020 (SI 680/2020) in December 2020 (previous post). The announcement does …

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5 sanctioned under UK Global Anti-Corruption regime

Today (22 July 2021), 5 people have been added to the UK Sanctions List and are now subject to an asset freeze for their involvement in “serious corruption”, pursuant to the Global Anti-Corruption Sanctions Regulations 2021 (S.I. 2021/488). OFSI Notice and FCDO Press Release. Listed people: Nawfal Hammadi Al-Sultan (former governor of Nineveh province, Iraq); Alvaro Enrique Pulido Vargas (Colombian businessman); …


Global Sanctions Forum 2021 – 30 September 2021

Maya Lester QC will be discussing the practical challenges of dealing with corruption and human rights sanctions regimes at the Global Sanctions Forum 2021, taking place in London on 30 September 2021. Anna Bradshaw, partner at Peters & Peters Solicitors LLP, will chair the Forum. Register using this link or using the code FKM63954SPKLNK for 20% off. Agenda available here.

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Current Sanctions


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