As a consequence of the independence of the Republic of South Sudan on 9 July 2011 and in recognition of its admission as a member of the United Nations, the UN Security Council Committee concerning the Sudan has confirmed that sanctions in relation to Sudan do not apply to the Republic of South Sudan.
On 30 July 2004 the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted resolution1556 (2004), imposing sanctions in relation to the Sudan in response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis and widespread human rights violations, including continued attacks on civilians. The sanctions were modified and strengthened with the adoption of resolution 1591 (2005), which expanded the scope of the arms embargo and imposed additional measures including a travel ban and an assets freeze on individuals designated by the UNSC Committee established pursuant to resolution 1591 (2005). The enforcement of the arms embargo was strengthened by resolution 1945 (2010).
As a consequence, Australian law now prohibits the following conduct:
1. The unauthorised supply, sale or transfer to Sudan of arms or related matériel
- Charter of the United Nations (Sanctions – Sudan) Regulations 2008, regulations 6 and 8
- Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations 1958, regulation 13CM
2. The unauthorised provision to Sudan of 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 1591 (the 1591 Committee).
- Charter of the United Nations (Sanctions – Sudan) Regulations 2008, regulations 12 and 13
- 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
4. The entry or transit through Australia of persons listed by the Security Council or 1591 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 UN Sanctions Permit Management System.