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OFAC Sanctions-a-Rama: Hong Kong, Iran, Global Magnitsky, Counter Terrorism & Non-proliferation designations & updates

  • New designations
    • Iran
      • Individuals

 AZIMIAN, Hamidreza, Iran; DOB 23 Jul 1961; POB Tabriz, Iran; nationality Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male; Executive Order 13846 information: LOANS FROM UNITED STATES FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.  Sec. 5(a)(i); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: FOREIGN EXCHANGE.  Sec. 5(a)(ii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BANKING TRANSACTIONS.  Sec. 5(a)(iii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BLOCKING PROPERTY AND INTERESTS IN PROPERTY.  Sec. 5(a)(iv); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BAN ON INVESTMENT IN EQUITY OR DEBT OF SANCTIONED PERSON.  Sec. 5(a)(v); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: EXCLUSION OF CORPORATE OFFICERS.  Sec. 4(e); Passport L29727205 (Iran) (individual) [IFCA] (Linked To: ESFAHAN’S MOBARAKEH STEEL COMPANY). 
 
KHIABANI, Mohammad Reza Modarres, Iran; DOB 30 Jul 1970; nationality Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male; Executive Order 13846 information: LOANS FROM UNITED STATES FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.  Sec. 5(a)(i); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: FOREIGN EXCHANGE.  Sec. 5(a)(ii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BANKING TRANSACTIONS.  Sec. 5(a)(iii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BLOCKING PROPERTY AND INTERESTS IN PROPERTY.  Sec. 5(a)(iv); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BAN ON INVESTMENT IN EQUITY OR DEBT OF SANCTIONED PERSON.  Sec. 5(a)(v); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BAN ON INVESTMENT IN EQUITY OR DEBT OF SANCTIONED PERSON.  Sec. 5(a)(v); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: EXCLUSION OF CORPORATE OFFICERS.  Sec. 4(e) (individual) [IFCA] (Linked To: ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN SHIPPING LINES). 

      • Entities

ACCENTURE BUILDING MATERIALS (a.k.a. ACCENTURE BUILDING MATERIALS TRADING LLC), 106-Mohammad Noor Talib Building, Khalid Bin Al Walid Rd Bur Dubai, P.O. Box No: 26685, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Executive Order 13846 information: LOANS FROM UNITED STATES FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.  Sec. 5(a)(i); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: FOREIGN EXCHANGE.  Sec. 5(a)(ii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BANKING TRANSACTIONS.  Sec. 5(a)(iii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BLOCKING PROPERTY AND INTERESTS IN PROPERTY.  Sec. 5(a)(iv); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BAN ON INVESTMENT IN EQUITY OR DEBT OF SANCTIONED PERSON.  Sec. 5(a)(v); License 802032 (United Arab Emirates); Registration Number 11114192 (United Arab Emirates) [IFCA]. 
 
IRAN TRANSFO CO., 4th Km of Zanjan-Tehran Road, P.O. Box 4513651118, Zanjan, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Executive Order 13846 information: LOANS FROM UNITED STATES FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.  Sec. 5(a)(i); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: FOREIGN EXCHANGE.  Sec. 5(a)(ii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BANKING TRANSACTIONS.  Sec. 5(a)(iii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BLOCKING PROPERTY AND INTERESTS IN PROPERTY.  Sec. 5(a)(iv); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BAN ON INVESTMENT IN EQUITY OR DEBT OF SANCTIONED PERSON.  Sec. 5(a)(v) [IFCA]. 
 
JIANGYIN MASCOT SPECIAL STEEL CO., LTD, No. 100 Huayuan Road, Changjing Town, Jiangyin City, Jiangsu Province, China; Executive Order 13846 information: LOANS FROM UNITED STATES FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.  Sec. 5(a)(i); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: FOREIGN EXCHANGE.  Sec. 5(a)(ii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BANKING TRANSACTIONS.  Sec. 5(a)(iii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BLOCKING PROPERTY AND INTERESTS IN PROPERTY.  Sec. 5(a)(iv); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BAN ON INVESTMENT IN EQUITY OR DEBT OF SANCTIONED PERSON.  Sec. 5(a)(v) [IFCA]. 
 
ZANGAN DISTRIBUTION TRANSFORMER CO, 5th Km of Zanjan-Tehran Road, Zanjan, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Executive Order 13846 information: LOANS FROM UNITED STATES FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.  Sec. 5(a)(i); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: FOREIGN EXCHANGE.  Sec. 5(a)(ii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BANKING TRANSACTIONS.  Sec. 5(a)(iii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BLOCKING PROPERTY AND INTERESTS IN PROPERTY.  Sec. 5(a)(iv); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BAN ON INVESTMENT IN EQUITY OR DEBT OF SANCTIONED PERSON.  Sec. 5(a)(v) [IFCA]. 

    • Hong Kong
      • Individuals

CHOI, Frederic (a.k.a. CHOI, Chin-pang (Chinese Traditional: 蔡展); a.k.a. CHOI, Frederic Chin Pang), Hong Kong; DOB 28 Aug 1970; POB Hong Kong; nationality Hong Kong; Gender Male; Passport K05145380 (Hong Kong) expires 10 Nov 2025; National ID No. C6142328 (Hong Kong) (individual) [HK-EO13936]. 
 
KAN, Andrew (a.k.a. KAN, Andrew Kai Yan; a.k.a. KAN, Kai Yan (Chinese Simplified: 简启恩)), Hong Kong; DOB 22 Sep 1969; POB Hong Kong; nationality Hong Kong; Gender Male; Passport K03981162 (Hong Kong) expires 28 Mar 2024 (individual) [HK-EO13936]. 
 
KONG, Kelvin (a.k.a. KONG, Hok Lai (Chinese Simplified: 江学礼); a.k.a. KONG, Kelvin Hok Lai), Hong Kong; DOB 22 May 1972; POB Hong Kong; nationality Hong Kong; Gender Male; Passport K03327564 (Hong Kong) expires 14 May 2023; National ID No. K0278408 (Hong Kong) (individual) [HK-EO13936]. 
 
SUN, Wenqing (Chinese Simplified: 孙文清) (a.k.a. SUN, Qingye (Chinese Simplified: 孙青野)), Hong Kong; DOB 1965; POB Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province, China; citizen China; Gender Male (individual) [HK-EO13936]. 
 
TAM, Yiu-chung (Chinese Simplified: 谭耀宗; Chinese Traditional: 譚耀宗) (a.k.a. TAN, Yaozong), China; Hong Kong; DOB 15 Dec 1949; POB Hong Kong; citizen China; Gender Male (individual) [HK-EO13936]. 
 
YOU, Quan (Chinese Simplified: 尤权), Beijing, China; DOB Jan 1954; POB Lulong County, Hebei Province, China; nationality China; Gender Male (individual) [HK-EO13936]. 

    • Global Magnitsky
      • Individuals

ALVAREZ CASAS, Lazaro Alberto, Cuba; DOB 1963; Gender Male (individual) [GLOMAG]. 

      • Entities

MINISTRY OF INTERIOR (a.k.a. MINISTERIO DEL INTERIOR; a.k.a. “MININT”), Aranguren and Carlos Manuel de Cespedes, Havana, Cuba; Organization Established Date Jun 1961 [GLOMAG]. 
 

  • Updates
    • Iran & Non-Proliferation

AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES ORGANIZATION (a.k.a. SAZMANE SANAYE HAVA FAZA; a.k.a. “AIO”), Langare Street, Nobonyad Square, Tehran, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR]. -to- AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES ORGANIZATION (a.k.a. SAZMANE SANAYE HAVA FAZA; a.k.a. “AIO”), Langare Street, Nobonyad Square, Tehran, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR] [IRAN-CON-ARMS-EO]. 
 
IRAN AVIATION INDUSTRIES ORGANIZATION (a.k.a. SAZMANE SANAYE HAVAI), Karaj Special Road, Mehrabad Airport, Tehran, Iran; Sepahbod Gharani 36, Tehran, Iran; 3th km Karaj Special Road, Aviation Industries Boulevard, Tehran, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR]. -to- IRAN AVIATION INDUSTRIES ORGANIZATION (a.k.a. SAZMANE SANAYE HAVAI), Karaj Special Road, Mehrabad Airport, Tehran, Iran; Sepahbod Gharani 36, Tehran, Iran; 3th km Karaj Special Road, Aviation Industries Boulevard, Tehran, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR] [IRAN-CON-ARMS-EO]. 
 
ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN SHIPPING LINES (a.k.a. IRISL), Asseman Tower, Pasdaran Street, Tehran, Iran; P.O. Box 19395-177, Tehran, Iran; P.O. Box 1957614114, Tehran, Iran; No 523, Al Seman Tower Building, No 8: Narenjestan, Laveltani Street, Sayya Shirazi Square, Pasdaran Street, Tehran 1957617114, Iran; No 37 Aseman Tower Sayyade Shirazee Square, Pasdaran Avenue, PO Box 19395-1311, Tehran, Iran; Website http://www.irisl.net; IFCA Determination – Involved in the Shipping Sector; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Trade License No. 11670 (Iran); All Offices Worldwide [IRAN] [NPWMD] [IFSR] [IFCA]. -to- ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN SHIPPING LINES (a.k.a. IRISL), Asseman Tower, Pasdaran Street, Tehran, Iran; P.O. Box 19395-177, Tehran, Iran; P.O. Box 1957614114, Tehran, Iran; No 523, Al Seman Tower Building, No 8: Narenjestan, Laveltani Street, Sayya Shirazi Square, Pasdaran Street, Tehran 1957617114, Iran; No 37 Aseman Tower Sayyade Shirazee Square, Pasdaran Avenue, PO Box 19395-1311, Tehran, Iran; Website http://www.irisl.net; IFCA Determination – Involved in the Shipping Sector; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Executive Order 13846 information: LOANS FROM UNITED STATES FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.  Sec. 5(a)(i); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: FOREIGN EXCHANGE.  Sec. 5(a)(ii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BANKING TRANSACTIONS.  Sec. 5(a)(iii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BLOCKING PROPERTY AND INTERESTS IN PROPERTY.  Sec. 5(a)(iv); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BAN ON INVESTMENT IN EQUITY OR DEBT OF SANCTIONED PERSON.  Sec. 5(a)(v); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: SANCTIONS ON PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICERS. Sec. 5(a)(vii); Trade License No. 11670 (Iran); All Offices Worldwide [IRAN] [NPWMD] [IFSR] [IFCA]. 
 
MARINE INDUSTRIES ORGANIZATION, Pasdaran Av., PO Box 19585/777, Tehran, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR]. -to- MARINE INDUSTRIES ORGANIZATION, Pasdaran Av., PO Box 19585/777, Tehran, Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [NPWMD] [IFSR] [IRAN-CON-ARMS-EO]. 

    • Iran & Counter-Terrorism

ESFAHAN’S MOBARAKEH STEEL COMPANY (a.k.a. ESFAHAN’S MOBARAKEH STEEL PUBLIC JOINT STOCK COMPANY; a.k.a. MOBARAKEH STEEL COMPANY), P.O. Box 161-84815, Mobarakeh, Esfahan 11131-84881, Iran; Mobarakeh Steel Company, Sa’adat Abad St., Azadi SQ., Esfahan, Esfahan, Iran; Mobarakeh Steel Company, No. 2, Gol Azin Alley, Kouhestan St., Ketah SQ., Sa’adat Abad, Tehran, Iran; Website http://www.en.msc.ir; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; National ID No. 10260289464 (Iran); Commercial Registry Number 411175869887 (Iran) [SDGT] [IFSR] [IRAN-EO13871] (Linked To: MEHR-E EQTESAD-E IRANIAN INVESTMENT COMPANY). -to- ESFAHAN’S MOBARAKEH STEEL COMPANY (a.k.a. ESFAHAN’S MOBARAKEH STEEL PUBLIC JOINT STOCK COMPANY; a.k.a. MOBARAKEH STEEL COMPANY), P.O. Box 161-84815, Mobarakeh, Esfahan 11131-84881, Iran; Mobarakeh Steel Company, Sa’adat Abad St., Azadi SQ., Esfahan, Esfahan, Iran; Mobarakeh Steel Company, No. 2, Gol Azin Alley, Kouhestan St., Ketah SQ., Sa’adat Abad, Tehran, Iran; Website http://www.en.msc.ir; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Executive Order 13846 information: LOANS FROM UNITED STATES FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.  Sec. 5(a)(i); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: FOREIGN EXCHANGE.  Sec. 5(a)(ii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BANKING TRANSACTIONS.  Sec. 5(a)(iii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BLOCKING PROPERTY AND INTERESTS IN PROPERTY.  Sec. 5(a)(iv); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BAN ON INVESTMENT IN EQUITY OR DEBT OF SANCTIONED PERSON.  Sec. 5(a)(v); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: SANCTIONS ON PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICERS. Sec. 5(a)(vii); National ID No. 10260289464 (Iran); Commercial Registry Number 411175869887 (Iran) [SDGT] [IFSR] [IFCA] [IRAN-EO13871] (Linked To: MEHR-E EQTESAD-E IRANIAN INVESTMENT COMPANY). 

    • Iran

SAFIRAN PAYAM DARYA SHIPPING COMPANY (a.k.a. “SAPID”), Asseman Tower, Pasdaran Street, Tehran, Iran; Website http://www.sapidshpg.com; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions [IRAN]. -to- SAFIRAN PAYAM DARYA SHIPPING COMPANY (a.k.a. “SAPID”), Asseman Tower, Pasdaran Street, Tehran, Iran; Website http://www.sapidshpg.com; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Executive Order 13846 information: LOANS FROM UNITED STATES FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS.  Sec. 5(a)(i); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: FOREIGN EXCHANGE.  Sec. 5(a)(ii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BANKING TRANSACTIONS.  Sec. 5(a)(iii); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BLOCKING PROPERTY AND INTERESTS IN PROPERTY.  Sec. 5(a)(iv); alt. Executive Order 13846 information: BAN ON INVESTMENT IN EQUITY OR DEBT OF SANCTIONED PERSON.  Sec. 5(a)(v) [IRAN] [IFCA]. 

I think that, other than the Hong Kong-related and Global Magnitsky designations, these are all the entities which appeared in the State Department press releases released earlier. And here’s the State Department press release about the GLOMAG one:

Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on the Cuban Ministry of Interior (MININT) and Minister of Interior General Lazaro Alberto Álvarez Casas for their connection to serious human rights abuse under Executive Order 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.

MININT is designated for being responsible for, complicit in, or to have directly or indirectly engaged in, serious human rights abuse.  As minister of MININT, Álvarez Casas is also designated for being or having been a leader or official of an entity, including any government entity, that has engaged in, or whose members have engaged in, serious human rights abuse.

Specialized units of MININT’s state security branch are responsible for monitoring political activity, and Cuba’s police support these security units by arresting persons of interest to MININT.  In September 2019, Cuban dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer was held in a MININT-controlled prison in Cuba, where he reported being beaten, abused, and held in isolation.  Ferrer received no medical attention while in prison and was not allowed to read or write.

Ferrer’s case is just one example of the systematic and daily abuse that the regime’s Interior Ministry inflicts on the Cuban people.  Today, the Cuban regime holds more than 100 political prisoners and Ministry officials have overseen the torture of many of those detainees.  Álvarez Casas, in his role as the vice minister of MININT before his promotion to his current position in November 2020, is complicit in harassing and surveilling journalists, dissidents, activists, and members of civil society groups, including most recently the members of the peaceful San Isidro Movement.

The United States supports the Cuban people’s just aspirations for democracy, prosperity, and respect for their human rights, and we are implementing this designation in support of those aspirations.  The Castro regime’s repression of fundamental freedoms requires the condemnation and action of all countries that respect human dignity.  We call upon other governments and international organizations to demand accountability of the Cuban government for violating and abusing the rights of the Cuban people.

and the Hong Kong-related one:

Today, the United States is designating six PRC and Hong Kong officials in connection with the draconian National Security Law (NSL), pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13936, “The President’s Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalization.”

On January 6, Hong Kong authorities arrested more than 50 people in an appalling crackdown on pro-democracy politicians and activists who were trying to advance fair and open primary elections for Hong Kong’s Legislative Council.  Thirteen former Legislative Council members, an American lawyer, and a former law professor were among those reportedly detained before being released on bail.  This action by Hong Kong authorities is yet another stark example of Hong Kong’s freedoms and democratic processes being fundamentally undermined by the PRC.

In response, the Department of State is designating You Quan, Vice Chairman of the Central Leading Group on Hong Kong and Macau Affairs; Sun Wenqing AKA Sun Qingye, Deputy Director of the Office for Safeguarding National Security in the HKSAR; and Tam Yiu-Chung, Hong Kong delegate to the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, for being or having been leaders or officials of entities, including any government entity, that have engaged in, or whose members have engaged in, developing, adopting, or implementing the National Security Law.  Additionally, the Department is designating Frederic Choi Chin-Pang, Kelvin Kong Hok Lai, and Andrew Kan Kai Yan, officials in the National Security Division of the Hong Kong Police, for being foreign persons who are or have been leaders or officials of an entity, including any government entity that has engaged in, or whose members have engaged in, coercing, arresting, detaining, or imprisoning individuals under the authority of, or in developing, adopting, or implementing, the NSL.  All of these designations are pursuant to section 4(a)(iii)(A) of E.O. 13936.

The United States calls on the PRC and Hong Kong authorities to immediately release individuals who have been targeted under the NSL or other laws simply for exercising rights and freedoms guaranteed under the Basic Law and Joint Declaration, and to dismiss the charges against them.  We condemn PRC actions that erode Hong Kong’s freedoms and democratic processes and will continue to use all tools at our disposable to hold those responsible to account.

and Treasury has one for the GLOMAG designations, too:

PRESS RELEASES

Treasury Sanctions the Cuban Ministry of the Interior and Its Leader for Serious Human Rights Abuse

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated the Cuban Ministry of Interior and the Minister of Interior, Lazaro Alberto Álvarez Casas, for serious human rights abuse, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act and targets perpetrators of serious human rights abuse and corruption around the world.

“The Cuban regime has a long history of human rights abuse,” said Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin. “The United States will continue to use all the tools at its disposal to address the dire human rights situation in Cuba and elsewhere around the world.”

The Cuban Ministry of Interior (MININT) is responsible for Cuba’s internal security, to include controlling Cuba’s police, internal security forces, and the country’s prison system. Specialized units of MININT’s state security branch are responsible for monitoring political activity, and Cuba’s police support these security units by arresting persons of interest to MININT.

In September 2019, Cuban dissident Jose Daniel Ferrer was held in a MININT-controlled prison in Cuba, where he reported being beaten, tortured, and held in isolation. Additionally, Ferrer received no medical attention while in prison. Lazaro Alberto Álvarez Casas (Álvarez Casas) served as the vice minister of MININT until November 25, 2020, when he was promoted to the position of Minister of the Interior.

MININT is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13818 for being a foreign person who is responsible for or complicit in, or having directly or indirectly engaged in, serious human rights abuse. Álvarez Casas is being designated pursuant to E.O. 13818 for being a foreign person who is the leader or official of MININT, an entity that has engaged in, or whose members have engaged in, serious human rights abuse relating to his tenure. 

SANCTIONS IMPLICATIONS

All property and interests in property of these persons that are blocked pursuant to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 515 (CACR), continue to be blocked. The CACR prohibits persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction from dealing in property in which Cuba or a Cuban national has an interest, unless authorized or exempt. Additionally, pursuant to the Global Magnitsky Sanctions Regulations, 31 C.F.R. part 583, all property and interests in property of the persons above that are in the United States or in the possession or control of U.S. persons are blocked, and all transactions by U.S. persons or within (or transiting) the United States that involve any property or interests in property of designated or otherwise blocked persons are prohibited unless authorized by a general or specific license issued by OFAC, or otherwise exempt. These prohibitions include the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any blocked person or the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.

Links:

OFAC Notice

State Department Press Releases – Global Magnitsky, Hong Kong-related

Treasury Department Press Release

Categories: Conventional arms sanctions Global Magnitsky Sanctions Hong Kong-related sanctions Human Rights Sanctions IFCA Iranian Financial Sanctions Regulations (IFSR) Iranian Sanctions OFAC Updates Sanctions Lists

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