Does the UN have sanctions on Syria?

Damascus calls on the UN to stop sanctions

On February 17, 2020, the Foreign Ministers of the European Union unanimously adopted new sanctions against eight Syrian businessmen and two Syrian entities for their financial support to the Syrian regime and their involvement in the violent repression of the Syrian people.

With these measures, the European Union affirms its determination to combat the practices of the Syrian regime and its financiers that fuel the war economy in the country (laundering, corruption, expropriation, smuggling, extortion) at the expense of the civilian population.

The new sanctions adopted unanimously by the members of the European Union on February 17, 2020 apply to businessmen and entities (industrial group, financial holding company) who derive significant profits from the war economy in Syria by diverting the country’s economic resources for the exclusive benefit of the Syrian regime.

Some of these individuals and entities close to the Syrian regime have been involved in smuggling activities with terrorist groups designated by the United Nations Security Council such as Daesh.

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The United Nations special rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, the Belarusian Alena Douhan, has asked the United States to end the sanctions imposed on Syria under the so-called Caesar Act.

With this Act, which the UN is now asking the United States to lift, the United States imposes a tight control over the aid destined for Syria, which in many cases was intended for the reconstruction of a country devastated by a decade of conflict, with the risks that this generates in this situation of world pandemic, as Douhan pointed out.

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Caesar Law

The Council discussed today, at the proposal of the Russian presidency, the sanctions regime imposed on fourteen regimes and their leaders, and served once again to exemplify the huge discrepancies between the three permanent (and veto-wielding) member countries of the Council on foreign policy weapons to influence the decisions of third countries.

The Russian Chargé d’Affaires, Dmitry Polyanskiy, considered that these sanctions, which range from trade embargoes to freezing bank assets or blacklisting individuals, “go against international law”, “are interference in the internal affairs of states” and are in short “inhuman actions”.

In less coarse words, the Chinese Ambassador to the UN, Zhang Jun, said that the imposition of unilateral sanctions is tantamount to “pretending to superimpose itself on the Security Council”, but are nothing but a “concrete manifestation of the paternalism of some nations” that “seem to be addicted” to such measures that only “aggravate pre-existing crises”.

UN failed to seek sanctions on Syria

UNSC approves sanctions against fighters in Iraq and SyriaSanctions include preventing the supply of ammunition to foreign militant groups, stopping financial support to these organizations and imposing sanctions against six terrorists linked to them16.08.2014

~ 19.01.2022 92580The United Nations Security Council unanimously passed a resolution condemning the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and Al Nusra Front terrorist organizations and other Al Qaeda-linked groups operating in Iraq and also in Syria. The resolution passed in the UK provides for the prevention of the supply of ammunition to foreign militant groups, the cessation of financial support to these organizations and the imposition of sanctions against six terrorists linked to them.The EU foreign ministers, who held an extraordinary meeting in Brussels to discuss Iraq and Russia, energetically condemned the ISIS offensives and declared themselves seriously concerned about the worsening human situation in Iraq. The European family foreign ministers agreed to prevent the sale of ISIS oil, transfer weapons aid to the Peshmerga and establish a human air corridor in northern Iraq.For his part, Hassan Nasrallah, the current leader of the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah, said they are ready to fight ISIS if the situation demands it. Nasrallah, who described ISIS as ‘a growing monster’, warned that the organization poses great threat to Jordan, the Gulf countries and Lebanon.Tags: Related News

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