On 15 December 2010 the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution 1957 (2010) terminating the weapons of mass destruction, missile, and civil nuclear-related measures imposed by paragraphs 8, 9, 10, 12 and 13 of resolution 687 (1991) and paragraph 3(f) of resolution 707 (1991), and as reaffirmed in subsequent relevant resolutions. On the same date the UNSC also adopted resolution 1956 (2010) terminating after 30 June 2011, the requirement in paragraph 20 of UNSC resolution 1483 (2003), that all proceeds from export sales of petroleum, petroleum products and natural gas from Iraq be deposited into the Development Fund for Iraq.
Although the UNSC has brought to an end a number of measures adopted during the Saddam Hussein era, it has not removed all sanctions in relation to Iraq.
As a consequence, Australian law continues to prohibit the following conduct:
1. Prohibition on the unauthorised supply, sale or transfer to Iraq of arms or related materiél
- Charter of the United Nations (Sanctions – Iraq) Regulations 2008, regulations 6 and 7
- Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958, regulation 13E
2. Prohibition on unauthorised dealings with illegally removed Iraqi cultural property
3. Prohibition on unauthorised dealings with assets of the previous government of Iraq that were located in Australia on 22 May 2003, or with assets removed from Iraq, or acquired by, a person or entity (PDF) designated by the Security Council or by the Committee established by the Security Council pursuant to resolution 1518 (2003) (the 1518 Committee)
- Charter of the United Nations (Sanctions – Iraq) Regulations 2008, regulations 11 and 12
- Charter of the United Nations (Dealing with Assets) Regulations 2008
- 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
- Australia's Implementation of United Nations Security Council Financial Sanctions
Authorisations and inquiries
To apply for an authorisation to engage in conduct otherwise prohibited by sanctions, or to make an inquiry as to whether a specific transaction is subject to sanctions, please use the UN Sanctions Permit Management System.