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On December 2, 2021, the EU, UK, US, and Canada all imposed additional coordinated sanctions on Belarus as a punitive action against the government led by President Alexander Lukashenko, which has been accused of human rights violations and creating a migrant crisis at Belarusian borders. As further described below, the sanctions included the designation of a number of parties (individuals and entities), whilst certain individuals will also be subject to travel bans preventing them entering…

On November 10, 2021, the US Departments of State, Treasury, and Commerce issued a joint advisory (the “Advisory”) cautioning US companies operating in or considering operations in Cambodia to be conscious of dealings with entities and in sectors potentially involved in human rights abuses, criminal activities, and corrupt business practices. We describe the Advisory in additional detail below. On the same day the Advisory was issued, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”)…

On November 12, 2021, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) sanctioned four entities and two individuals pursuant to Executive Order 14046, “Imposing Sanctions on Certain Persons With Respect to the Humanitarian and Human Rights Crisis in Ethiopia” (“EO 14046“). These designations are in response to the growing humanitarian and human rights crisis and expanding military conflict in Ethiopia. Our previous blog post on the issuance of EO 14046 can…

On November 1, 2021, the US Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (“DDTC”) issued a final rule amending entries for Ethiopia and Eritrea in the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”). These changes supplement the sanctions imposed on both countries under Executive Order 14046, “Imposing Sanctions on Certain Persons With Respect to the Humanitarian and Human Rights Crisis in Ethiopia,” which was signed by President Biden in September 2021. Our previous blog post…