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On 19 August 2020, members of the European Council held a video conference to discuss the situation in Belarus following the presidential election on 9 August 2020. The President of the European Council stated that the elections in Belarus were “neither free nor fair”, did not meet international standards and that the EU did not recognize the results. It was announced that the EU would shortly impose sanctions on a substantial number of individuals responsible…

The UK Government published a notice to exporters on 4 August 2020, stating that the Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) has removed Hong Kong as a permitted destination from 22 open general licences, including: 20 open general export licences (OGELs);1 open general transhipment licence (OGTL); and1 open general trade control licence (OGTCL). In addition, the ECJU has revoked 2 open general licences (one OGEL and one OGTL) where Hong Kong was the only permitted destination.…

On 30 July 2020, the European Council announced its decision to impose sanctions against six individuals and three entities for their involvement in various cyber-attacks. The sanctions imposed include a travel ban and an asset freeze against the sanctioned parties, which include four members of Russia’s GRU military intelligence unit and two Chinese nationals. The full text of the Council decision is available here. The sanctions mark the first time the EU has used its…

On 28 July 2020, the EU agreed to impose EU-wide measures to restrict the export of certain items to Hong Kong. The EU Council’s press release can be found here. These restricted goods include equipment or technology that could be used for internal repression, interception of internal communications or cyber surveillance. Like recent US and UK measures, the new EU export controls have been proposed in response to the recent HK National Security Law. Germany…