UK, US, EU AND CANADA IMPOSE COORDINATED SANCTIONS IN RESPONSE TO THE “CONTINUING ATTACKS ON HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS IN BELARUS”

On 2 December, UK has designated 8 people and Open Joint Stock Company (OJSC) Belaruskali, a potash producer said to be a major source of revenue and foreign currency for the Belarusian regime.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1038050/Notice_Belarus_021221.pdf

The US has listed 19 people and 11 entities and 3 aircraft have been identified as blocked property of designated entities.  At the same time, OFAC has issued a General License re winding down operations with the Belarusian Potash Company or Agrorozkvit LLC, together with 10 new FAQ.

https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/jy0512

https://www.state.gov/accountability-for-the-lukashenka-regimes-continued-acts-of-repression-and-disregard-for-international-norms/

https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/financial-sanctions/recent-actions/20211202

https://home.treasury.gov/system/files/126/belarus_gl5.pdf

17 people and 11 entities have been added to the EU’s Belarus sanctions list, including companies, tour operators and hotels that have contributed to the current EU-Belarus border crisis – re EU Regulation 2021/2124/EU.

https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2021/12/02/belarus-eu-adopts-5th-package-of-sanctions-over-continued-human-rights-abuses-and-the-instrumentalisation-of-migrants/

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv%3AOJ.LI.2021.430.01.0001.01.ENG&toc=OJ%3AL%3A2021%3A430I%3ATOC

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv%3AOJ.LI.2021.430.01.0016.01.ENG&toc=OJ%3AL%3A2021%3A430I%3ATOC

Canada has designated 24 people (19 of whom are also listed by the US) and 7 entities (all of which were listed by the US).

https://www.canada.ca/en/global-affairs/news/2021/12/minister-joly-announces-additional-sanctions-on-belarusian-individuals-and-entities-in-response-to-ongoing-and-systematic-human-rights-violations.html

https://www.canada.ca/en/global-affairs/news/2021/12/belarus-sanctions.html

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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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