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 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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Third countries align with EU Guinea sanctions

Last month, the EU Council adopted Decision 2020/1556, which renewed for 1 year targeted sanctions on the Republic of Guinea. The following countries have aligned themselves with that decision: North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Ukraine, and Moldova. Press release.


EU renews Republic of Guinea sanctions for 1 year

The EU has adopted Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1556, which renews its sanctions (asset freeze and travel ban) in respect of the Republic of Guinea for 1 year until 27 October 2021.


Third countries align with 7 EU sanctions regimes

In October, the EU adopted: Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/1663, which renewed sanctions against 3 Libyan nationals for 6 months; Council Decision CFSP 2019/1720, which established a new sanctions regime against Nicaragua in view of the recent human rights abuses in the region (see post); Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/1721, and Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/1722, which renewed for 1 year restrictive measures …

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UK prepares to transfer EU sanctions on Guinea and Burundi into new UK sanctions regimes

The UK has published legislation to transfer its sanctions on Burundi and the Republic of Guinea, which implement EU sanctions, into standalone UK sanctions regimes upon Brexit.  The purpose of this change is to ensure that the UK is able to operate its own sanctions regimes in relation to the two countries after it leaves the EU.  The UK has …

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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 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

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