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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In particular, they targeted those who played a leading role in the coup d’état of 12 April 2012, and who aim to undermine the rule of law and curtail the primacy of civilian power. The EU implemented the UN regime in May 2012, by Council Regulation (EU) No 377/2012 and Council Decision 2012/285/CFSP, and imposed an asset freeze in addition to the UN travel ban.

Summary of Current UN Sanctions:

Targeted

  • Travel ban

Designation Criteria

  1. People seeking to prevent the restoration of the constitutional order or taking action that undermines stability in Guinea-Bissau, in particular those who played a leading role in the coup d’état of 12 April 2012 and who aim, through their actions, at undermining the rule of law, curtailing the primacy of civilian power and furthering impunity and instability in the country; or
  2. Those acting for or on behalf of the above.

Summary of Current EU Sanctions:

Targeted

  • Asset freeze
  • Travel ban

Designation Criteria

People and entities who:

  1. are designated by the UN Security Council or related Sanctions Committee; or
  2. are otherwise engaging in or providing support for acts that threaten the peace, security, or stability of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau; and
  3. those associated with them.

 

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News

EU deletes entry from Guinea-Bissau sanctions list

In line with the UN Security Council (previous blog here), the EU has deleted one entry, Sanha Clussé, from its Republic of Guinea-Bissau sanctions list, see: Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/36 and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/31. EU sanctions were imposed against persons, entities and bodies “threatening the peace, security or stability of the Republic […]

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UN removes entry from Guinea-Bissau sanctions list

The UN Security Council has removed one person, Sanha Clussé, from its Guinea-Bissau sanctions list (was listed in July 2012 for being a member of the ‘Military Command’ which had “resumed responsibility for the coup d’état of 12 April 2012”). As a result, the travel ban set out in para 4 of UN Security Council resolution 2048 (2012) no […]

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EU renews Guinea-Bissau sanctions

The EU has published a notice (link here) stating that it has reviewed all of the people & entities listed on its Guinea-Bissau sanctions and decided that sanctions should continue to apply to them. These measures target people who played a leading role in the coup d’état of 12 April 2012, and those who aim […]

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EU renews Guinea-Bissau sanctions regime

The EU has renewed its Guinea-Bissau sanctions regime until 30 April 2016. Under the sanctions, listed people and entities are subject to an EU-wide travel ban and asset freeze. The sanctions target those who are seeking to prevent or block the country’s peaceful political process or are undermining its security and stability. In particular, the sanctions […]

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Current Sanctions

EU UK

Consolidated

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

Consolidated

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

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (Commencement No 1) Regulations 2018

Sanctions Review Procedure (EU Exit) Regulations 2018