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Why are sanctions imposed?

In 2017, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) imposed sanctions in relation to Mali in response to the fragile security situation and continued hostilities in Mali in breach of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali. 

Australia implements the UNSC sanctions concerning Mali by incorporating them into Australian law.

What is prohibited by the Mali sanctions regime?

The Mali sanctions regime imposes these sanctions measures:

Measure

UNSC

Autonomous

restrictions on providing assets to designated persons or entities

 

restrictions on dealing with the assets of designated persons or entities   

 

travel bans on designated persons

 

Restrictions on dealing with designated persons or entities

The UNSC has designated 8 individuals for the Mali sanctions regime.  All 8 individuals were involved in obstructing the implementation of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali.

Restrictions on providing assets to designated persons or entities

It is prohibited to directly or indirectly make an asset available to (or for the benefit of) a designated person or entity.

Restrictions on dealing with the assets of designated persons or entities (requirement to freeze assets)

It is prohibited to use or deal with an asset, or allow or facilitate another person to use or deal with an asset owned or controlled by a designated person or entity (the assets are ‘frozen’ and cannot be used or dealt with). The prohibition on ‘dealing’ with assets includes using, selling or moving assets. ‘An 'asset' includes an asset or property of any kind, whether tangible or intangible, movable or immovable.

Go to the Consolidated List to search the names of designated persons and entities.

If you become aware that you are holding an asset of a designated person or entity, you are required to freeze (hold) that asset and notify the AFP as soon as possible. Go to What You Need to Do for more information.

Travel bans

All persons designated for the Mali sanctions regime are prohibited from transiting through or entering Australia.

Sanctions Permits

The Minister for Foreign Affairs may grant a sanctions permit to allow an activity that would otherwise be prohibited under these regimes provided the activity meets specific criteria.

The table below provides a general guide to relevant criteria. You should get your own legal advice if you think your proposed activity is affected by sanctions and may meet the criteria for a permit. Go to Sanctions Permits for information on permits, including how to apply.   

The Minister may need to notify or receive the approval of the UNSC Mali Sanctions Committee before granting a sanctions permit. Where required, the Australian Sanctions Office will assist the Foreign Minister to notify or seek approval from the UNSC as part of the permit application process.  

Measure

Criteria

Reference 

Restrictions on providing assets to designated persons or entities

and

Restrictions on dealing with the assets of designated persons or entities   

The activity is a:

  • basic expense dealing;
  • legally required dealing;
  • contractual dealing;
  • required payment dealing; or
  • extraordinary expense dealing.

Regulations 4, 5, 6, and 7 of the Charter of the United Nations (Sanctions – Mali) Regulations 2018

Regulation 5 of the Charter of the United Nations (Dealing with Assets) Regulations 2008

Relevant legislation

The relevant legislation for the Mali sanctions regime includes the following:

Other Resources

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