Sanctions

Central African Republic

Australia fully implements the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions regime in relation to the Central African Republic (the CAR).

The UNSC adopted resolution 2127 (2013) on 5 December 2013 imposing the sanctions regime in response to the deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in the CAR, including a total breakdown of law and order, inter-sectarian tensions and widespread human rights abuses by armed groups, following the resumption of violence in December 2012 and the ouster of former President François Bozizé in March 2012.  The sanctions regime has subsequently been amended by UNSC resolution 2134 (2014).

This page summarises the sanctions measures imposed by the UNSC and implemented by Australia in relation to the CAR.

This page also includes information on de-listing requests from a designated person or entity and useful links.

Restrictions on the export or supply of goods

Australian law prohibits the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer to the CAR of the following ‘export sanctioned goods’:

without a sanctions permit.

Conditions for the grant of a sanctions permit

The Minister for Foreign Affairs may be able to grant a sanctions permit authorising the supply of arms or related matériel to the CAR.

You may apply for a sanctions permit using the Online Sanctions Administration System (OSAS).

The Minister may need to receive the approval of the UNSC CAR Sanctions Committee before granting a sanctions permit.

Implementing legislation

Restrictions on the export or provision of services

Australian law prohibits the provision to the CAR of:

  • technical assistance, training, financial or other assistance

if it is related to:

  • military activities; or
  • the provision, maintenance or use of any arms or related matériel

without a sanctions permit.

This prohibition includes the provision to the CAR of armed mercenary personnel, whether or not originating in Australia.

Conditions for the grant of a sanctions permit

The Minister for Foreign Affairs may grant a sanctions permit authorising the provision of a service that would otherwise contravene this prohibition.

You may apply for a sanctions permit using the Online Sanctions Administration System (OSAS).

The Minister may need to receive the approval of the UNSC CAR Sanctions Committee before granting a sanctions permit.

Implementing legislation

Targeted financial sanctions

Australian law prohibits:

  • the use of or dealing with an asset that is owned or controlled by a ‘designated person or entity’ for the CAR; and
  • making an asset available, directly or indirectly, to or for the benefit of
    • a ‘designated person or entity’ for the CAR; or
    • a person or entity acting on behalf of or at the direction of a ‘designated person or entity’ for the CAR; or
    • or an entity owned or controlled by a ‘designated person or entity’ for the CAR

without a sanctions permit.

An ‘asset’ is defined broadly to include an asset or property of any kind, whether tangible or intangible, movable or immovable.

The Consolidated List includes the names of all designated persons and entities.

Conditions for the grant of a sanctions permit

The Minister for Foreign Affairs may be able to grant a sanctions permit authorising an activity that would contravene these prohibitions if the activity is:

  • a ‘basic expense dealing’
  • a ‘legally required dealing’
  • a ‘contractual dealing’
  • a ‘required payment dealing’
  • or an ‘extraordinary expense dealing’

as those terms are defined in regulation 5 of the Charter of the United Nations (Dealing with Assets) Regulations 2008.

If you assess that your activity satisfies this conditions, you may apply for a sanctions permit using the Online Sanctions Administration System (OSAS).

The Minister may need to notify or receive the approval of the UNSC CAR Sanctions Committee before granting a sanctions permit.

Implementing legislation

Travel bans

Australian law prohibits the entry into or transit through Australia of a ‘designated person’ for the CAR without authorisation by the UNSC.

The Consolidated List includes the names of all designated persons.

Implementing legislation

De-listing requests from a designated person or entity

A person or entity designated for the purposes of the UNSC sanctions regime in relation to the CAR may submit a de-listing request either through the Focal Point for De-Listing established by UNSC resolution 1730 (2006), or through the person or entity’s country of citizenship or residence.