On 31 October 2005 the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 1636 (2005) imposing travel and financial sanctions in relation to Lebanon, in response to the 14 February 2005 terrorist bombing in Beirut that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others. Additional sanctions measures were introduced with the adoption of resolution 1701 (2006) following the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah in July 2006.

As a consequence, Australian law now prohibits the following conduct:

1. The unauthorised supply, sale or transfer to Lebanon of arms or related matériel

2. The unauthorised provision to Lebanon of any technical training or assistance related to the provision, manufacture, maintenance or use of goods referred to in 1.

3. The use or dealing with the assets of, and the making available of assets to, persons and entities listed by the Security Council or by the Committee established by the Security Council Sanctions pursuant to resolution 1636 (the 1636 Committee).

Authorisations and inquiries

To apply for an authorisation to engage in conduct otherwise prohibited by sanctions, or to make an enquiry as to whether a specific transaction is subject to sanctions, please use the UN Sanctions Permit Management System.

UNSC financial sanctions (no designations to date)

Persons designated by the UNSC as being subject to financial sanctions in relation to Lebanon are persons designated by the International Independent Investigation Commission or the Government of Lebanon as suspected of involvement in the planning, sponsoring, organizing or perpetrating of this terrorist act, upon notification of such designation to and agreement of the Committee established pursuant to the sanctions regime in relation to Lebanon.

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