Sanctions

Côte d’Ivoire

Australia fully implements the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions regime in relation to Côte d’Ivoire. 

The UNSC adopted resolution 1572 (2004) on 15 November 2004 imposing the sanctions regime in response to air strikes committed by the national armed forces of Côte d'Ivoire (FANCI) in violations of the ceasefire agreement signed in Linas-Marcoussis on 24 January 2003.  The sanctions regime has been amended and renewed by several subsequent UNSC resolutions.

This page summarises the current sanctions measures imposed by the UNSC and implemented by Australia in relation to Côte d’Ivoire.

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 Côte d’Ivoire of the following ‘export sanctioned goods’:

  • arms or related matériel

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 Côte d’Ivoire if the supply:

  • is intended solely for the support of, or use by, the United Nations Operations in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) or the French forces that support UNOCI;
  • is a supply of non-lethal military equipment that is intended solely for humanitarian or protective use;
  • is a supply of protective clothing that is temporarily exported to Côte d’Ivoire for the personal use of a member of the personnel of the United Nations, a representative of the media, or a humanitarian or development worker or associated person;
  • is a supply of goods that are temporarily exported to Côte d’Ivoire for the use of a State that is taking action in accordance with international law solely and directly to facilitate the evacuation of its nationals and those for whom it has consular responsibility in Côte d’Ivoire;
  • is a supply of non-lethal law enforcement equipment that is intended to enable the Ivorian security forces to use only appropriate and proportionate force while maintaining public order; or
  • is a supply of arms or other related lethal equipment to the Ivorian security forces that is intended solely for the support of, or use in, the Ivorian process of Security Sector Reform.

If you assess that your activity satisfies this condition, 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 Côte d’Ivoire Sanctions Committee before granting a sanctions permit.

Implementing legislation

Restrictions on the import or procurement of goods

Australian law prohibits procuring from Côte d’Ivoire, or from a person or entity in Côte d’Ivoire, the following ‘import sanctioned goods’:

  • rough diamonds

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 procuring rough diamonds from Côte d’Ivoire:

  • if the procurement is solely for the purposes of scientific research and analysis to facilitate the development of specific technical information concerning Ivorian diamond production; and
  • provided that the research is coordinated by the Kimberley Process.

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

The Minister must receive the approval of the UNSC Côte d’Ivoire 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 Côte d’Ivoire; and
  • making an asset available directly or indirectly to, or for the benefit of, a ‘designated person or entity’ for Côte d’Ivoire

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 Côte d’Ivoire 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 Côte d’Ivoire 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 Côte d’Ivoire 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.