By Maya Lester KC & Michael O’Kane

Sanctions Profile: Mali

At a glance

UN sanctions on Mali were first imposed in September 2017, by UN Security Council Resolution 2374.

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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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EU lists Malian Prime Minster & 4 others over delayed political transition

The EU Council today announced the designation of 5 people, including members of the Malian Transition Government, said to be responsible for actions that obstruct and undermine the successful completion of Mali’s political transition: Prime Minister Choguel Maïga; Minister for Reconciliation, Colonel-Major Ismaël Wagué; Minister of Refoundation Ibrahim Ikassa Maïga; President of the National Transition Council (CNT) Malick Diaw; and …


ECOWAS imposes further Mali sanctions

On 9 January 2022, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) decided to impose additional restrictions on Mali in response to the ruling junta’s delay of elections until December 2025. Communiqué. See also 12 December 2021 Communiqué. In addition to maintaining current Mali sanctions (see post & post), ECOWAS said that it will: Recall Member States’ Ambassadors to Mali; …


US & EU sanctions regimes renewed & third countries align with EU sanctions

In recent weeks, the following sanctions regimes have been renewed: The EU extended its Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) sanctions regime until 12 December 2022 Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/2181 (Press Release). The EU renewed its Russia sanctions regime for 6 months, until 31 July 2022 Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/52 (Press Release). The US renewed its regime in respect of …

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EU establishes autonomous Mali sanctions framework

The EU Council has amended its Mali sanctions regime to allow for the imposition of autonomous sanctions. Before this, the EU was only able to implement UN sanctions. The framework authorises the designation of people/entities responsible for or complicit in threatening the peace, security or stability of Mali, or for obstructing or undermining the implementation of its political transition. Those …


Current Sanctions



Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1770

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1770

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/8

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/116

Council Regulation (EU) 2021/2201

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/156


Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1775

Parent Decision

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1775

Amended by:

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2019/29

Council Implementing Decision 2019/1216

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/9

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/118

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/2208

Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/157

The Mali (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020, (SI 2020/705)

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