Sanctions Top-5 for the week ending 20 November 2020

  1. The US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) named 51 Iranian entities and 10 individuals as Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs) under Executive Order 13876 for their connections to Iran’s supreme leader. According to a Treasury Department news release, the entities are controlled by the Islamic Revolution Mostazafan Foundation (a.k.a. Bonyad Mostazafan).
  2. In related news, the US State Department imposed a US visa ban against two Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps officials and their immediate family members under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act of 2020. According to a State Department statement, the officials oversaw the “violent suppression of protests by security forces” in Iran’s Khuzestan province in November 2019.
  3. OFAC named one Russian and one North Korean entity as SDNs under Executive Order 13722 for their roles in exporting forced labor from North Korea to work in Russia’s construction sector.
  4. The US State Department designated two leaders of Somalia-based al-Qa’ida affiliate Al Shabaab as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) under Executive Order 13224. According to a State Department statement, the targets include the group’s “senior explosives expert” and the mastermind of a January 2020 attack in Kenya that killed a US soldier and two contractors.
  5. The European Union is preparing a third round of sanctions in response to the situation in Belarus, including sanctions on “institutions, enterprises and firms,” EU Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said in a press conference. Meanwhile, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Ukraine have aligned with the EU’s Belarus-related sanctions, according to an EU declaration. (For context, Belarus is just a little smaller than Michigan.)




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