COMPLIANCE ETC: THINGS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED – FEBRUARY 26

After the deaths of dozens of migrants in one accident, and a near disaster when another bus caught fire, the National Migration Service (SNM) has suspended the transport of migrants by bus on the next stage of their journey north. Irregular migrants who cross the Darien gap and arrive from Colombia (from many countries) go to immigration reception stations (ERM), where they have their biometric data taken and are given food and have health assistance. They are then transferred by bus to one of these facilities located in Chiriquí, on the border with Costa Rica, so that they continue on their way to North America.

In a slightly controversial change to a system for selling lottery tickets (that help fund the social security system), which has effectively remained unchanged for many decades, the National Charity Lottery (LNB) has authorised the selling the new electronic games, in addition to the traditional paper tickets (of which I have a handful pinned to a board in front of my desk). The new electronic tickets will be for additional draws, twice a week, with the existing ticket-sellers also providing the new tickets. Sellers will be provided with a handheld electronic device (something like that used in shops for card payments). You see these ticket-sellers outside most supermarkets, mostly being women of a certain age, with wooden boards with the available tickets clipped to the boards. It would be a shame, and a significant loss, if these sellers were to be phased out in the name of progress.

26 FEBRUARY 2023

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EU TENTH ROUND OF SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA

On 25 February, the EU Council announced further sanctions on Russia.  In addition to individuals named, the latest round relates primarily to technology and industrial goods such as electronics, machine parts and specialised vehicles, as well as specialised components for truck and jet engines.  Sanctions apply to 121 individuals and entities, including suspending the broadcasting licences of 2 Russia-controlled media outlets, RT Arabic and Sputnik Arabic. 7 entities connected to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps are accused of helping supply drones and related technology to Russia for use in Ukraine.  3 more Russian banks were also added to the lists.

https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2023/02/25/european-union-new-sanctions-ukrainian-war-anniversary/6791677347810/

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/AUTO/?uri=uriserv:OJ.LI.2023.059.01.0001.01.ENG&toc=OJ:L:2023:059I:TOC

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/AUTO/?uri=uriserv:OJ.LI.2023.059.01.0006.01.ENG&toc=OJ:L:2023:059I:TOC

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/AUTO/?uri=uriserv:OJ.LI.2023.059.01.0278.01.ENG&toc=OJ:L:2023:059I:TOC

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/AUTO/?uri=uriserv:OJ.LI.2023.059.01.0437.01.ENG&toc=OJ:L:2023:059I:TOC

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv%3AOJ.LI.2023.059.01.0593.01.ENG&toc=OJ%3AL%3A2023%3A059I%3ATOC

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/QANDA_23_1187

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EU IMPOSES ADDITIONAL SANCTIONS ON WAGNER GROUP FOR ‘RIGHTS ABUSES’ IN AFRICA

On 26 February, Deutsche Welle and others reported that the additional sanctions against Russia’s Wagner mercenary organisation are said to be for “human rights abuses” in the Central African Republic, Mali, Sudan and Ukraine.  A total of 11 individuals and 7 entities linked to the paramilitary group were added to the sanctions list, and made subject to an asset freeze and a travel ban.  8 of the individuals are designated under the human rights sanctions regime, 2 under the Russa/Ukraine regime and 1 under the Mali sanctions.

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/eu-imposes-additional-sanctions-on-wagner-group-for-rights-abuses-in-africa/ar-AA17X131

https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2023/02/25/wagner-group-council-adds-11-individuals-and-7-entities-to-eu-sanctions-lists/

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv%3AOJ.LI.2023.059.01.0423.01.ENG&toc=OJ%3AL%3A2023%3A059I%3ATOC

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/AUTO/?uri=uriserv:OJ.LI.2023.059.01.0275.01.ENG&toc=OJ:L:2023:059I:TOC

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/AUTO/?uri=uriserv:OJ.LI.2023.059.01.0434.01.ENG&toc=OJ:L:2023:059I:TOC

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/AUTO/?uri=uriserv:OJ.LI.2023.059.01.0583.01.ENG&toc=OJ:L:2023:059I:TOC

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv%3AOJ.LI.2023.059.01.0278.01.ENG&toc=OJ%3AL%3A2023%3A059I%3ATOC

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