On 19th November, the Chicago Tribune reported that the UN Security Council has extended an arms embargo on Somalia and a ban on trade in charcoal, a key source of funds for al-Shabab extremists — and it imposed a new ban on ingredients for explosive devices the group is increasingly using.  It reports that a UN panel of experts said that for the first time it obtained “definitive evidence” that al-Shabab has been manufacturing improvised explosives, and the new Resolution ordered all countries to prevent the direct or indirect sale or supply of precursors to Somalia if there is evidence or “a significant risk they may be used in the manufacture in Somalia of improvised explosive devices” – and give the sanctions committee 15 days advance notice of any sale, supply or transfer of precursors.


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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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