Sanctions Profile: Sudan

At a glance

The UN first imposed sanctions on Sudan in 2004, by UN Security Council Resolution 1556, in response to the ongoing armed conflict in Sudan’s Darfur region. It imposed an arms embargo on all non-governmental entities operating in Darfur, which was expanded to cover all parties to the N’djamena Ceasefire Agreement and to include asset freezes and travel bans in 2005, by UN Security Council Resolution 1591.

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UK post Brexit Sudan regulations

The UK has published The Sudan (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018, which will come into effect at the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020 at 11pm. The regulations will revoke and replace the current EU and UK legislation giving effect to UN Security Council Resolutions 1556 (2004), 1591 (2005), …


OFAC lists Prigozhin Sudan-based sanctions evasion network

OFAC has listed 3 people and 5 companies connected to designated Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, on the basis that they are “directly involved in furthering Prigozhin’s operations in Sudan, and assisting his ability to evade sanctions”. Mr Prigozhin was listed in 2016 pursuant to EOs 13848, 13694, as amended, and 13661 for his alleged interference in the US Presidential Election …

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UN Human Rights Commissioner calls for Sudan sanctions relief

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has called for the lifting of international sanctions against Sudan in light of the country’s increasing number of Covid-19 transmissions. See press release. Ms Bachelet said that the practical effects of ongoing UN unilateral sanctions are exacerbating the “acute resource constraints” on the Transitional Government of Sudan, which is impacting the …


OFAC quarterly report on Iran & Sudan TRSA licences

Pursuant to section 906(b) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000 (TSRA), OFAC has published a Quarterly Report (from January – March 2019) on the licence applications processed requesting authorisation to export agricultural commodities, medicine, and medical devices to Iran and Sudan. OFAC Notice. Over the quarter, the reports indicate that the average processing time for …

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US visa restrictions on 6 countries & updated compliance procedures

President Trump’s administration has announced the suspension of immigrant visas for nationals of Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Eritrea, and Nigeria for those seeking a permanent residence visa in the US. Diversity visas (visas for nationals of countries with historically low rates of US immigration) will be suspended for citizens of Sudan and Tanzania. The press release says that these states do not …

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Current Sanctions



Council Regulation (EU) No 747/2014

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EC) No 747/2014

Amended by:

Council Implementing Regulation (EC) 2017/401

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1942

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/512


Council Decision 2014/450/CFSP

Parent Decison

Council Decision 2014/450/CFSP

Amended by:

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/413

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/1948

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/516

The Sudan (Asset Freezing) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/1507)

The Sudan (European Union Financial Sanctions) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/1826)