Sanctions

Sudan

Australia fully implements the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions regime in relation to Sudan. 

The UNSC adopted resolution 1556 (2004) on 30 July 2004 imposing the sanctions regime in response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis and widespread human rights violations in Sudan, including continued attacks on civilians.  The sanctions regime has been amended and renewed by several subsequent UNSC resolutions.

Following the independence of the Republic of South Sudan on 9 July 2011 and its admission as a United Nations Member State, the UNSC Sudan Sanctions Committee has confirmed that the sanctions regime in relation to Sudan does not apply to the Republic of South Sudan.

This page summarises the sanctions measures imposed by the UNSC and implemented by Australia in relation to Sudan.

This page also includes information on de-listing requests from a designated person or entity and useful links.

Restrictions on the export or supply of goods

Australian law prohibits the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer to Sudan of the following ‘export sanctioned goods’:

  • arms or related matériel

without a sanctions permit.

Conditions for the grant of a sanctions permit

The Minister for Foreign Affairs may be able to grant a sanctions permit authorising the supply of arms or related matériel to:

  • any non-governmental entity or individual operating in the territory of Darfur, including the states of North, South, East, West and Central Darfur;
  • a party to the N’djamena Ceasefire Agreement; or
  • a belligerent in the territory of Darfur, including the states of North, South, East, West and Central Darfur

if the supply:

  • is a supply for an operation authorised by the UNSC; or
  • is a supply of non-lethal military equipment that is intended solely for humanitarian use, human rights monitoring, or protective use; or
  • is a supply of protective clothing that is temporarily exported to Sudan for the personal use of a member of the personnel of the United Nations, a person engaged in human rights monitoring, a representative of the media, or a humanitarian or development worker or an associated person; or
  • is a supply of military equipment and supplies for use in the territory of Darfur, including the states of North, South, East, West and Central Darfur, that is in response to a request by the Government of Sudan.

The Minister must not grant a sanctions permit unless the Minister has obtained sufficient end user documentation to ascertain that the supply will be conducted consistent with UNSC resolution 1556 (2004) and UNSC resolution 1591 (2005).

If you assess that your activity satisfies these conditions, you may apply for a sanctions permit using the Online Sanctions Administration System (OSAS).

The Minister may need to receive the approval of the UNSC Sudan Sanctions Committee before granting a sanctions permit.

Implementing legislation

Restrictions on the export or provision of services

UNSC sanctions regime

Australian law prohibits the provision to Sudan of:

  • technical assistance or training

if it is related to:

  • the provision, manufacture, maintenance or use of arms or related matériel

without a sanctions permit.

Conditions for the grant of a sanctions permit

The Minister for Foreign Affairs may grant a sanctions permit authorising the provision of a service that would otherwise contravene this prohibition to:

  • any non-governmental entity or individual operating in the territory of Darfur, including the states of North, South, East, West and Central Darfur;
  • a party to the N’djamena Ceasefire Agreement; or
  • a belligerent in the territory of Darfur, including the states of North, South, East, West and Central Darfur

if the service:

  • is for an operation authorised by the UNSC; or
  • is provided in relation to a supply of non‑lethal military equipment that is intended solely for humanitarian use, human rights monitoring or protective use.

If you assess that your activity satisfies these conditions, you may apply for a sanctions permit using the Online Sanctions Administration System (OSAS).

Implementing legislation

Targeted financial sanctions

Australian law prohibits:

  • the use of or dealing with an asset that is owned or controlled by a ‘designated person’ for Sudan; and
  • making an asset available directly or indirectly to, or for the benefit of, a ‘designated person’ for Sudan, a person acting on behalf of or at the direction of a ‘designated person’ for Sudan, or an entity owned or controlled directly or indirectly by a ‘designated person’ for Sudan

without a sanctions permit.

An ‘asset’ is defined broadly to include an asset or property of any kind, whether tangible or intangible, movable or immovable.

The Consolidated List includes the names of all designated persons.

Conditions for the grant of a sanctions permit

The Minister for Foreign Affairs may be able to grant a sanctions permit authorising an activity that would contravene these prohibitions if the activity is:

  • a ‘basic expense dealing’;
  • a ‘legally required dealing’; or
  • an ‘extraordinary expense dealing’

as those terms are defined in regulation 5 of the Charter of the United Nations (Dealing with Assets) Regulations 2008.

If you assess that your activity satisfies this condition, you may apply for a sanctions permit using the Online Sanctions Administration System (OSAS).

The Minister may need to notify or receive the approval of the UNSC Sudan Sanctions Committee before granting a sanctions permit.

Implementing legislation

Travel bans

Australian law prohibits the entry into or transit through Australia of a designated person for Sudan without authorisation by the UNSC.

The Consolidated List includes the names of all designated persons.

Implementing legislation

De-listing requests from a designated person or entity

A person or entity designated for the purposes of the UNSC sanctions regime in relation to Sudan may submit a de-listing request either through the Focal Point for De-Listing established by UNSC resolution 1730 (2006), or through the person or entity’s country of citizenship or residence.