By Maya Lester KC & Michael O’Kane

Sanctions Profile: Guinea

At a glance

EU sanctions on the Republic of Guinea were first introduced in 2009, by Common Position 2009/788/CFSP and Council Regulation (EU) No 1284/2009, in response to “the violent crackdown by security forces on political demonstrators in Conakry on 28 September [2009]”.

In January 2021, the UK adopted The Guinea (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 to encourage the government of Guinea to: (i) investigate properly the violent repression in Guinea on 28th September 2009 and the aftermath of that violent repression; and (ii) hold to account and bring criminal proceedings against the persons responsible for that violent repression and its aftermath.

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ECOWAS imposes Guinea sanctions

Following an Extraordinary Summit in New York on 22 September 2022, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) announced the imposition of diplomatic, economic and financial sanctions on Guinea in response to the lack of progress made by the Transition Authorities toward an acceptable transition timetable. Communiqué. The sanctions include: the recall of ambassadors by ECOWAS Member States for …


ECOWAS lifts Mali & Burkina Faso sanctions

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has decided to have lifted certain sanctions on Mali and Burkina Faso in response to the progress made by both countries in the context of political transition. It has also said that sanctions will be imposed on Guinea if it fails to establish an acceptable transition timetable by 1 August 2022. Communiqué. …

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Mali sanctions imposed & Guinea sanctions maintained by ECOWAS

Following its 7 November 2021 summit on the situations in Mali and Guinea, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has announced that it will: Impose sanctions (travel ban and asset freeze) on the Malian transition authorities, transition institutions and family members of those identified. Further designations will be proposed at the ECOWAS Ordinary Session on 12 December 2021. …

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US & EU sanctions regimes renewed, third countries align with EU sanctions & Kingpin Act designations

In recent weeks, multiple sanctions regimes have been renewed by the US and EU: The US renewed its regimes in respect of Columbia narcotics trafficking (Letter and Notice) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Letter and Notice) for 1 year, by continuing the relevant national emergencies. The EU adopted: Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1800 which renewed its Nicaragua sanctions regime …

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ECOWAS announces Guinea & Mali sanctions

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has announced the imposition of travel bans and asset freezes on members of the Guinea junta, who seized power in the 5 September 2021 coup, and members of their families. Extraordinary Summit Communiqué (16 September 2021). ECOWAS has also said that it will sanction those who have had a “negative impact” on …

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Current Sanctions



Council Regulation (EU) No 1284/2009

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) No 1284/2009

Amended by:

Commission Regulation (EU) No 279/2010

Council Regulation (EU) No 269/2011

Council Regulation (EU) No 1295/2011

Council Regulation (EU) No 49/2013

Council Regulation (EU) No 380/2014

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1604

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1301

Council Regulation (EU) 2022/2042


Council Decision 2010/638/CFSP

Parent Decision

Council Decision 2010/638/CFSP

Amended by:

Council Decision 2011/169/CFSP

Council Decision 2011/706/CFSP

Council Decision 2012/149/CFSP

Council Decision 2012/665/CFSP

Council Decision 2013/515/CFSP

Council Decision 2014/213/CFSP

Council Decision 2014/728/CFSP

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1923

Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/1839

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1934

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1611

Council Decision 2019/1790/CFSP

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1556

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1305

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1867

Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/2052

The Guinea (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2020/1145)

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