sanctions

Bachelet calls for major re-think over impact of sanctions on human rights

Unilateral and coercive sanctions imposed by governments can create severe and undue suffering for innocent people who bear no responsibility for alleged misconduct, the UN rights chief warned the Human Rights Council on Thursday.

Lifesaving help needed for Venezuela cancer patients hit by US sanctions

Independent UN rights experts on Wednesday warned that hundreds of Venezuelan cancer patients could die because they have been caught up in the excessively strict application of United States sanctions aimed at Venezuela and the state-owned oil company, Petroleum of Venezuela.

Blockades ‘expose’ the innocent, to the ‘ravages of economic war’ - UN sanctions expert warns

Economic sanctions must not be allowed to degenerate into blockades which “expose people to the ravages of economic war in peacetime” said the UN independent expert on the effects of sanctions on human rights.

UN sanctions: what they are, how they work, and who uses them

Counter-terrorism and non-proliferation are on the agenda today at the Security Council, where at least seven sanctions committees will brief the main United Nations body responsible for maintaining international peace and security. We’ve prepared a quick snapshot covering the basics of UN sanctions and how Sanctions Committees work.

Sanctions are ‘effective’ method to build global stability, Security Council told

From Afghanistan and Angola to Haiti and the former Yugoslavia, sanctions implemented by the United Nations Security Council have had a positive track record, proving their efficacy and economy in supporting Member States overcome instability, the top UN political official said today.

Security Council: Counter-terrorism committees focus on Mali, the Sahel and Somalia

The United Nations counter-terrorism panel dealing with Al-Qaida strengthened its work and cooperation with related UN bodies to more urgently address the evolving threats posed by the network in Mali, the Sahel and Somalia, the chairmen of the group today told the UN Security Council.

Process of de-listing from UN’s Al-Qaida sanctions list progressing, says official

The official charged with helping people and entities get off the list of those subject to United Nations measures against Al-Qaida reported today that two people – of the 13 that had petitioned her office so far – have been de-listed by the committee that monitors the sanctions.

Security Council hears briefings from its sanctions committees

The United Nations Security Council was briefed today by the heads of its subsidiary bodies entrusted with monitoring sanctions on Sudan, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Somalia, Al-Qaida and the Taliban, Côte d’Ivoire, Iran, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Rwanda.

DR Congo: Security Council extends arms embargo and monitoring group

The United Nations Security Council today extended until the end of the year its arms embargo and other sanctions meant to keep weapons out of the hands of militias in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which it said continue to threaten stability in the eastern part of the vast country.

Sanctions work best when there are carrots and not just sticks, says Ban Ki-moon

Security Council sanctions are most effective when they aim for a clear goal using incentives and not just threats, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a symposium on the issue today.