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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…

On 20 July 2020, the UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, announced that the UK will extend to Hong Kong an EU arms embargo that has applied to mainland China since 1989 (the “Arms Embargo”). This extension forms part of the UK Government’s response to the new Hong Kong National Security Law, and the increasing role that the UK Government claims China is exerting over law enforcement in Hong Kong. The Arms Embargo prohibits the export…

The EU Council has revoked the framework for restrictive measures against the Maldives that it adopted on 16 July 2018. Following a deterioration of the political situation in the Maldives in the first half of 2018, the framework allowed for the imposition of a travel ban and an asset freeze on persons and entities responsible for undermining the rule of law or obstructing an inclusive political solution in the Maldives, as well as persons and…

On 25 February 2019, OFSI announced that it had imposed its first civil monetary penalty, almost two years after it gained the power to impose fines under the Policing and Crime Act 2017. The GBP 5,000 penalty was imposed on R. Raphael & Sons plc, one of the UK’s oldest independent private lenders, for processing a GBP 200 transfer to a sanctioned associate of the former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, in breach of the Egypt…