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On January 5, 2023, the US and Turkish governments took joint action imposed sanctions targeting four individuals and two entities determined to be associated with the financial facilitation network of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (“ISIS”). See here for the US action and here for the Turkish action. The designations target the Islamic State group’s head of foreign financing, Abd Al Hamid Salim Ibrahim Ismail Brukan al-Khatuni, and his network coordinated by his sons.…

On January 4, 2023, Taiwan announced the addition of 52 new export control entries controlling nuclear energy and other commodities, materials and chemicals, tools and machineryfor Russia and Belarus. Taiwan has been rigorously monitoring exports of goods from Taiwanese producers to Russia and Belarus since March 1, 2022 under the Wassenaar Arrangement. In April and May 2022, Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) widened the scope of export restrictions to 57 products falling within the…

On January 9, 2023, Canada announced further amendments to the Special Economic Measures (Iran) Regulations (the “Regulations”) in response to those who “systematically violate human rights and spread the Iranian regime’s propaganda and misinformation”. These amendments list an additional two individuals and three entities under Schedule 1 of the Regulations and entered into force on January 6, 2023. Unlike past announcements, the government’s News Release provides particulars describing each newly designated individual and entity. There…

On January 10, 2023, Canada enacted the Special Economic Measures (Sri Lanka) Regulations (the “Regulations”) in response to former state officials responsible for committing “gross and systemic violations of human rights”. The regulations entered into force on January 6, 2023 and list four individuals on Schedule 1, including former Presidents Gotabaya Pajapaksa and Mahinda Rajapaksa. Generally speaking, listing under Schedule 1 of the Regulations imposes a dealings prohibition, effectively an asset freeze, against the listed…