On 22 December 2003 the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) originally adopted resolution 1521 (2003) imposing sanctions in relation to Liberia in response to the fact that the ceasefire and the Comprehensive Peace Agreement remained unimplemented throughout Liberia, and much of the country remained outside the authority of the National Transitional Government of Liberia. The sanctions imposed in relation to Liberia have been modified by a number of subsequent UNSC resolutions, most recently UNSC resolution 1903 (2009). The Security Council considers that, despite significant progress having been made in Liberia, the there continues to constitute a threat to international peace and security in the region.
As a consequence, Australian law now prohibits the following conduct:
1. The unauthorised supply, sale or transfer to Liberia of arms or related matériel.
- Charter of the United Nations (Sanctions – Liberia) Regulations 2008, regulations 6 and 8
- Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958, regulation 13CK
2. The unauthorised provision to Liberia of any assistance, advice, training, financing or financial assistance related to military activities.
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 1521 (the 1521 Committee).
- Charter of the United Nations (Sanctions – Liberia) Regulations 2008, regulations 12 and 13
- Charter of the United Nations (Dealing with Assets) Regulations 2008
- Consolidated List [Excel 1.55 MB] of persons, entities and assets subject to UN Security Council financial sanctions 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
4. The entry or transit through Australia of persons listed by the Security Council or by the 1521 Committee.
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 Online Sanctions Administration System.