UN sanctions regime for Mali


    The UN Security Council this week established a sanctions regime on Mali, introducing a travel ban and assets freeze for individuals and entities engaged in actions or policies threatening the peace, security or stability of the conflict-torn African country.

    In the resolution, adopted unanimously, the 15-member body decided to set up a Sanctions Committee, consisting of all council members and requested the Secretary-General to create, for an initial period of 13 months, a panel of up to five experts to support the Committee’s work.

    The 2015 Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali included inviting the Security Council to adopt measures against those undermining the implementation of the Agreement and the pursuit of its objectives.

    On August 9, the Mali government sent a letter to Egypt, Council President for that month, requesting the creation of a sanctions regime, citing repeated ceasefire violations by armed groups in northern Mali.