Sanctions

Liberia

Australia fully implements the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions regime in relation to Liberia.

The UNSC adopted resolution 1521 (2003) on 22 December 2003 imposing the sanctions regime in response to the ceasefire and Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Liberia not being implemented, and the fact that much of the country remained outside the authority of the National Transitional Government of Liberia.  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 Liberia.

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 Liberia 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 DRC if the supply:

  • is a supply to the Government of Liberia;
  • is a supply intended solely for the support of, or use by, the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL);
  • is a supply of non-lethal military equipment intended solely for humanitarian or protective use, or use in related technical assistance or training; or
  • is a supply of protective clothing that is temporarily exported to Liberia 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 an associated person.

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 the UNSC Liberia Sanctions Committee before granting a sanctions permit.

Implementing legislation

Restrictions on the export or provision of services

1. Australian law prohibits the provision to a non-governmental entity or individual in Liberia of:

  • assistance,including financing and financial assistance; or;
  • advice or training;

in relation to:

  • military activities

without a sanctions permit.

2. Australian law also prohibits the provision to the Government of Liberia of:

  • assistance, including financing and financial assistance; or
  • advice or training;

in relation to:

  • military activities; or
  • other security sector activities

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 provision of a service that would otherwise contravene this prohibition if the service:

  • is provided to the Government of Liberia;
  • is intended solely for the support of, or use by, the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL); or
  • is related to a supply of non-lethal military equipment intended solely for humanitarian or protective use.

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 the UNSC Liberia 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, directly or indirectly, by a ‘designated person or entity’ for Liberia; and
  • making an asset available directly or indirectly to, or for the benefit of, a ‘designated person or entity’ for Liberia

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'; or
  • an ‘extraordinary expense dealing’; or

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 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 Liberia 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 Liberia 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 Liberia 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.