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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Current UN sanctions on Sudan continue to impose the arms embargo, asset freezes, and travel bans.

The EU implemented all UN sanctions on Sudan by Council Common Position 2004/31/CFSP, Council Regulation (EC) 131/2004 and Council Regulation (EC) 1184/2005. It also expanded the UN arms embargo to encompass the whole of Sudan, but its autonomous sanctions listings extend only to people and entities owned or controlled by those designated by the UN Sanctions Committee on Sudan.

Summary of Current UN Sanctions:

Targeted

  • Arms embargo
  • Asset freeze
  • Travel ban

Designation criteria

Arms embargo

All non-governmental people and entities, including the Janjaweed, operating in Darfur; all parties to the N’djamena Ceasefire Agreement; and other belligerents.

Asset freeze and travel ban

People and entities that:

  1. impede the peace process in Sudan;
  2. constitute a threat to stability in Darfur and the region;
  3. commit violations of international humanitarian or human rights law or other atrocities;
  4. violate the measures implemented by Member States in accordance with UN sanctions; or
  5. are responsible for offensive military overflights as described in para 6 of UNSC Resolution 1591.

Summary of Current EU Sanctions:

General

  • Arms embargo

Targeted

  • Asset freeze
  • Travel ban

Designation criteria

People and entities that:

  1. impede the peace process in Sudan;
  2. constitute a threat to stability in Darfur and the region;
  3. commit violations of international humanitarian or human rights law or other atrocities;
  4. violate the arms embargo; or
  5. are responsible for offensive military overflights in and over the Darfur region.

 

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Current Sanctions

EU UK

Consolidated

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

Consolidated

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

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (Commencement No 1) Regulations 2018

Sanctions Review Procedure (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Sanctions (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019