UK: GLOBAL ANTI-CORRUPTION SANCTIONS REGULATIONS 2021

These Regulations came into force on 26 April and enable the Secretary of State to impose financial sanctions and travel bans on persons involved in serious corruption.  They also apply to conduct by UK persons outside the UK, and to conduct by any person in the territorial sea adjacent to the UK.  They will enable the UK to designate persons who are involved in certain activities identified as the most harmful types of corruption: bribery and misappropriation of property involving public officials. Such persons are able to be designated for the purpose of a travel ban and/or financial sanctions. The designation of such persons would be intended to prevent and combat serious corruption.  It is said that guidance will be published in relation to the prohibitions and requirements under the Regulations.

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2021/488/contents/made

On 26 April, the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office also published –

FACTORS IN DESIGNATING PEOPLE INVOLVED IN SERIOUS CORRUPTION

More about the factors the UK Government considers when designating people under the UK global anti-corruption sanctions regime.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/global-anti-corruption-sanctions-factors-in-designating-people-involved-in-serious-corruption

INFORMATION NOTE FOR NON-GOVERNMENT ORGANISATIONS (NGO)

This sets out to explains more about the purpose and scope of the global anti-corruption sanctions regime.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/global-anti-corruption-sanctions-information-note-for-non-government-organisations/global-anti-corruption-sanctions-information-note-for-non-government-organisations

HOW THE UK INTENDS TO OPERATE GLOBAL ANTI-CORRUPTION SANCTIONS UNDER THE SANCTIONS AND ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING ACT 2018

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/uk-sanctions-relating-to-global-anti-corruption

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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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