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On 1 November 2021, the UK Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (“OFSI”) published an updated Charity Sector Guidance and a blog post in response to Afghanistan’s Taliban takeover in August. A copy of the Guidance is available here. The Afghanistan (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 put in place sanctions measures to ensure the UK continues to meet its obligations under the United Nations sanctions regime. While the UK has enforced financial sanctions relating to Afghanistan since…

On August 9, 2021, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada significantly escalated sanctions against Belarus in a multilateral effort to put pressure on the current Lukashenko regime. These sanctions were announced on the first anniversary of the fraudulent elections held in Belarus on August 9, 2020 and follow a series of previous measures against Belarus, including most recently the coordinated measures between the UK, US, Canada and the EU in June (see our…

On 19 July, the UK Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (“OFSI”) issued a general licence (available here) that permits payments by UK air carriers and aircraft operators to Belarus’ air traffic control service Belaeronavigatsia, an entity designated under the UK’s sanctions against Belarus.  The licence permits payments to Belaeronavigatsia for air traffic services provided pursuant to an emergency situation (being a situation requiring an aircraft to land in or overfly Belarus to avoid endangering the…

Following coordinated designations of certain Belarusian individuals and entities earlier this week (see our previous post here), the EU has announced that further sector-based economic sanctions will come into force on 25 June 2021. The restrictions are implemented by Council Regulation (EU) 2021/1030 (the “Regulation”), which amends Regulation (EC) No 765/2006. The new sanctions target a broad range of technology and software, dual-use goods and technology, tobacco, petroleum and potash products, and financial services. The…