By Maya Lester KC & Michael O’Kane

Sanctions Profile: Haiti


US & Canada designate Haitian political figures

On Friday (2 December 2022), OFAC designated Haitian senator Rony Celestin and former Haitian senator Richard Lenine Hervé Fourcand pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 14059 (global counter narcotics sanctions). Mr Celestin is said to have used his political position to orchestrate the import and export of drugs, while Mr Fourcand is alleged to have used his own aircraft to transport …


Canada imposes new Belarus & Haiti sanctions

This week Canada imposed new targeted sanctions in respect of Belarus & Haiti. On 22 November 2022, Canada announced further amendments (effective from 17 November) to its Special Economic Measures (Belarus) Regulations by adding 22 individuals and 16 entities, involved in military manufacturing, technology, engineering, banking and railway transportation, to its Belarus sanctions list.  (Press release & notice) On 19 …

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US & Canada list 2 Haitian nationals over links to gangs

The US and Canada today jointly designated sitting President of the Haitian Senate Joseph Lambert and former President of the Senate Youri Latortue, who are said to have provided illicit financial and operational support to armed gangs. OFAC has listed them pursuant to Executive Order 14059 (counter-narcotics sanctions), while Canada has designated them pursuant to Special Economic Measures (Haiti) Regulations …


UN adopts Haiti sanctions regime & designates gang leader

On Friday (21 October 2022), the UN Security Council established a Haiti sanctions regime by unanimously adopting resolution 2653 (2022). Press Release & Press Release. The regime imposes a targeted arms embargo and provides for the imposition of asset freezes and travel bans on those: Responsible for or complicit in, or having engaged in actions that threaten the peace, security …


US designates 17 officials worldwide for human rights abuses

Yesterday (10 December, International Human Rights Day), the OFAC listed officials of Haiti, Russia and Yemen accused of being responsible for, complicit in, or having engaged in serious human rights violations  E.O. 13818 (Magnitsky sanctions). The State Dept issued a press release saying that over the 9th and 10th of December (International Anti-corruption Day and International Human Rights Day), the US …

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Current Sanctions


Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EC) No 1264/1994

Common Position

Common Position 94/315/CFSP

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