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.

Subscribe for full access


OFAC reaches $894k settlement with Comtech

New York-based Comtech, a satellite communications company, and its subsidiary Comtech EF Data have agreed to pay $894,111 to settle their civil liability for apparent violations of the Sudan Sanctions Regulations, 31 CFR part 538. On 4 occasions between June 2014 and October 2015, Comtech and EF Data indirectly exported warrantied satellite equipment to the Sudan Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA), …


US lists former first lady of the Gambia & a Sudanese company

The US State Department has announced 2 designations pursuant to Executive Order 13818 (Global Magnitsky sanctions). The first is former first lady of the Gambia, Zineb Souma Yahya Jammeh, on the grounds that she is believed to control overseas assets of her husband, Yahya Jammeh, former President of the Gambia. In 2018, on account of Mr Jammeh’s alleged involvement in …

South SudanSouth Sudan SudanSudan

US restricts visas for multiple Sudanese individuals

US State Department has announced that visa restrictions have been imposed on multiple unnamed Sudanese individuals, residing both inside and outside of Sudan, under Section 212(a)(3)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. The restrictions may also apply to the immediate family members of those listed. The individuals are believed to be responsible for, complicit in, or to have engaged in …


OFAC publishes new Sudan guidance

OFAC has published the Sudan Programme and Darfur Sanctions Guidance. It has issued a new FAQ to that effect, and has removed 11 Sudan-related FAQs, and amended 9 FAQs pursuant to the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act of 2000 (TRSA) to reflect that Sudan has not been a comprehensively sanctioned country since October 2017. OFAC Notice. The guidance …


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), …


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)