On 23 January 1992 the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 733 (1992) imposing sanctions in relation to Somalia in response to the deterioration of the conflict in Somalia, the heavy loss of life and the widespread material damage resulting from the conflict, which the Security Council considered a threat to international peace and security. The sanctions imposed in relation to Somalia have been modified and extended by a number of subsequent UNSC resolutions.
As a consequence, Australian law now prohibits the following conduct:
1. The unauthorised supply, sale or transfer to Somalia of weapons and military equipment.
2. The unauthorised provision to Somalia of:
- financing for the acquisition or delivery of goods subject to export sanctions;
- technical advice, financial and other assistance, and training related to military activities.
3. The supply of weapons and military equipment to a person or entity listed by the Security Council or the Committee (PDF) established pursuant to resolution 751 (the 751 Committee)
4. The provision of technical assistance, training, or financial services to a person or entity listed by the Security Council or by the 751 Committee (PDF)
5. The procurement of charcoal from Somalia or from a person or entity in Somalia
6. The unauthorised use or dealing with the assets of, and the making available of assets to a person and entity listed by the Security Council or by the 751 Committee (PDF)
- Charter of the United Nations (Sanctions - Somalia) Regulations 2008, regulations 13 and 14
- Consolidated list of persons, entities and assets subject to UN Security Council financial sanctions (Excel) as provided for by regulation 40 of the Charter of the United Nations (Dealing with Assets) Regulations 2008
- Charter of the United Nations (Dealing with Assets) Regulations 2008
7. The entry or transit through Australia of persons listed by the Security Council or by the 751 Committee (PDF)
UNSC financial sanctions
Persons or entities designated by the UNSC as being subject to financial sanctions in relation to Somalia are persons or entities engaging in or providing support for acts that threaten the peace, security or stability of Somalia, including acts that threaten the Djibouti Agreement of 18 August 2008 or the political process, or threaten the TFIs or AMISOM by force. Designated persons or entities are also those that have acted in violation of the general and complete arms embargo in relation to UNSC sanctions in relation to Somalia, and who obstruct the delivery of humanitarian assistance to Somalia, or access to, or distribution of, humanitarian assistance in Somalia.