By Maya Lester KC & Michael O’Kane

Sanctions Profile: Guinea-Bissau

At a glance

UN sanctions on Guinea-Bissau were first imposed in May 2012 by UN Security Council Resolution 2048, and imposed a travel ban on people seeking to prevent the restoration of constitutional order and undermine the country’s stability.

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EU introduces humanitarian exception to Guinea-Bissau sanctions

The EU today introduced a humanitarian exception to its Guinea-Bissau sanctions regime (Council Regulation (EU) 2023/1593, Council Decision (CFSP) 2023/1598). Asset freeze measures will not apply to the provision of funds “which are necessary to ensure the timely delivery of humanitarian assistance or to support other activities that support basic human needs” where this is carried out by the UN, …


EU de-lists 9 from Guinea-Bissau sanctions

The EU has removed 9 people from its Guinea-Bissau sanctions list: General Augusto Mário Có; General Saya Braia Na Nhapka; Colonel Tomás Djassi; Cranha Danfá; Colonel Celestino de Carvalho; Tcham Na Man (a.k.a. Namam); Major Samuel Fernandes; Commander (Navy) Agostinho Sousa Cordeiro; and Lieutenant Lassana Camará. It has also amended the title of Decision 2012/285/CFSP and Regulation (EU) No 377/2012 …


US & EU sanctions regimes renewed & third countries align with EU sanctions

In recent weeks, the following sanctions regimes have been renewed: The EU extended its Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) sanctions regime until 12 December 2022 Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/2181 (Press Release). The EU renewed its Russia sanctions regime for 6 months, until 31 July 2022 Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/52 (Press Release). The US renewed its regime in respect of …

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EU & US renew sanctions regimes & third countries align with EU sanctions

In recent weeks, several sanctions regimes have been renewed around the world: The US renewed its regimes in respect of terrorism and foreign interference in US elections for 1 year; and The EU adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1470, which renewed EU sanctions in respect of the territorial integrity of Ukraine until 15 March 2022 (Press Release). Additionally, third countries have …

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3 de-listed by Switzerland

Swiss sanctions against Sayed Shamsuddin Borborudi (Iran), Bion Na Tchongo (Guinea-Bissau) and Paulo Sunsai (Guinea-Bissau) have been removed in 2 separate actions in the past week. Press Release and Notice, Press Release and Notice. Mr Borborudi was de-listed by the EU in July 2021 (previous post), whilst Mr Na Tchongo and Mr Sunsai were de-listed by the EU on 6 …

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Current Sanctions



Council Regulation (EU) No 377/2012

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) No 377/2012

Amended by:

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 458/2012

Council Regulation (EU) No 517/2013

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 559/2013

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/403

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/31

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1301

Council Regulation (EU) 2022/1329

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/1330


Council Decision 2012/285/CFSP

Parent Decision

Council Decision 2012/285/CFSP

Amended by:

Council Implementing Decision 2012/516/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2013/293/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/415

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/36

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2021/1306

Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/1335

The Republic of Guinea-Bissau (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/554)

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