Sanctions Profile: Liberia

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US corruption and human rights designations

The US imposed sanctions on numerous people and entities this week for their involvement in corruption and/or human rights abuses. The designations were made ahead of/on International Anti-Corruption Day, International Human Rights Day and the Summit for Democracy. The US also issued its ‘Strategy on Countering Corruption’ on 6 December (previous post). 6 December 2021 OFAC designated Alain Mukonda and …

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OFAC designates 6 for engaging in corruption

Yesterday (9 December 2020), on International Anti-Corruption Day, OFAC designated 3 people based in Liberia, the Kyrgyz Republic and China, for being current or former officials responsible for, complicit in, or having engaged in corruption, pursuant to E.O. 13818 (Magnitsky sanctions). Harry Varney Gboto-Nambi Sherman, Senator and Chair of the Liberian Senate Judiciary Committee, was indicted and later acquitted for …

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US State Dept imposes travel ban on Liberian former official

The US State Department has listed the former Director of Passport and Visas at the Liberian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Andrew Wonplo due to his alleged involvement in significant corruption, pursuant to Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2020. Mr Wonplo is said to have been “involved in passport fraud that undermined …

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EU lifts Liberia sanctions regime

The EU has lifted its arms embargo on Liberia, terminating the remainder of its Liberian sanctions regime. This decision implements the UN Security Council’s resolution to lift its own sanctions against Liberia in May (see previous blog). The EU joined the UN in lifting its asset freezes and travel bans on Liberia in October last year. See Regulation (EU) 2016/983...

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UN lifts all remaining sanctions on Liberia

The UN Security Council has lifted its arms embargo on non-state actors in Liberia, terminating the remainder of its Liberian sanctions regime. In Resolution 2288, the Security Council welcomed the sustained progress made by the Government of Liberia in rebuilding Liberia for the benefit of all of its citizens in the wake of the civil war in 2003, and recalled...

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