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OFAC updates – Hong Kong, Counter Terrorism, Iran updates, Global Magnitsky removals

Today, OFAC removed the following two Global Magnitsky listings:

NAUTIKACENTAR D. O. O. (a.k.a. NAUTIKACENTAR DRUSTVO S OGRANICENOM ODGOVORNOSCU ZA DJELATNOST MARINA, TRGOVINU I USLUGE), Zdravka Kucica 43, Rijeka 51000, Croatia; Organization Established Date 01 Jan 2000; V.A.T. Number HR12533377925 (Croatia) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: VESELINOVIC, Zharko Jovan). 

NAUTIKACENTAR DRUSTVO S OGRANICENOM ODGOVORNOSCU ZA DJELATNOST MARINA, TRGOVINU I USLUGE (a.k.a. NAUTIKACENTAR D. O. O.), Zdravka Kucica 43, Rijeka 51000, Croatia; Organization Established Date 01 Jan 2000; V.A.T. Number HR12533377925 (Croatia) [GLOMAG] (Linked To: VESELINOVIC, Zharko Jovan).

and updated the following Iran-related:

AZAMI, Seyed Reza Mousavi (Arabic: سید رضا موسوی اعظمی), Iran; nationality Iran; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male (individual) [IRAN-HR] (Linked To: SPECIAL UNITS OF IRAN'S LAW ENFORCEMENT FORCES). -to- AZAMI, Seyed Reza Mousavi (Arabic: سید رضا موسوی اعظمی) (a.k.a. AZAMI, Reza Mousavi), Iran; DOB 05 May 1971; nationality Iran; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male; Passport Y53914437 (Iran) (individual) [IRAN-HR] (Linked To: SPECIAL UNITS OF IRAN'S LAW ENFORCEMENT FORCES). 

Counter Terrorism:

BRAVERY MARITIME CORPORATION (a.k.a. BRAVERY MARITIME CORP), Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Liberia; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Registration Country Liberia; Identification Number IMO 6161246 (Liberia) [SDGT] (Linked To: AL HABSI, Mahmood Rashid Amur). -to- BRAVERY MARITIME CORPORATION (a.k.a. BRAVERY MARITIME CORP), Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Additional Sanctions Information - Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Identification Number IMO 6161246 [SDGT] (Linked To: AL HABSI, Mahmood Rashid Amur). 

and Hong Kong-related:

CHEN, Dong (Chinese Simplified: 陈冬; Chinese Traditional: 陳冬), Hong Kong; DOB Nov 1963; alt. DOB Feb 1964; POB Luoyuan, Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China; citizen China; Gender Male (individual) [HK-EO13936]. -to- CHEN, Dong (Chinese Simplified: 陈冬; Chinese Traditional: 陳冬), Hong Kong; DOB Nov 1963; alt. DOB Feb 1964; POB Luoyuan, Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China; citizen China; Gender Male; Secondary sanctions risk: pursuant to the Hong Kong Autonomy Act of 2020 - Public Law 116-149 (individual) [HK-EO13936]. 

HE, Jing (Chinese Simplified: 何靖), Hong Kong; DOB Jun 1964; POB Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province, China; citizen China; Gender Male (individual) [HK-EO13936]. -to- HE, Jing (Chinese Simplified: 何靖), Hong Kong; DOB Jun 1964; POB Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province, China; citizen China; Gender Male; Secondary sanctions risk: pursuant to the Hong Kong Autonomy Act of 2020 - Public Law 116-149 (individual) [HK-EO13936].

LU, Xinning (Chinese Simplified: 卢新宁; Chinese Traditional: 盧新寧), Hong Kong; DOB Dec 1966; POB Huai'an, Jiangsu Province, China; citizen China; Gender Female (individual) [HK-EO13936]. -to- LU, Xinning (Chinese Simplified: 卢新宁; Chinese Traditional: 盧新寧), Hong Kong; DOB Dec 1966; POB Huai'an, Jiangsu Province, China; citizen China; Gender Female; Secondary sanctions risk: pursuant to the Hong Kong Autonomy Act of 2020 - Public Law 116-149 (individual) [HK-EO13936].

TAN, Tieniu (Chinese Traditional: 譚鐵牛; Chinese Simplified: 谭铁牛), Hong Kong; DOB Oct 1963; alt. DOB 20 Jan 1964; POB Chaling County, Zhuzhou, Hunan Province, China; citizen China; Gender Male (individual) [HK-EO13936]. -to- TAN, Tieniu (Chinese Traditional: 譚鐵牛; Chinese Simplified: 谭铁牛), Hong Kong; DOB Oct 1963; alt. DOB 20 Jan 1964; POB Chaling County, Zhuzhou, Hunan Province, China; citizen China; Gender Male; Secondary sanctions risk: pursuant to the Hong Kong Autonomy Act of 2020 - Public Law 116-149 (individual) [HK-EO13936].

YIN, Zonghua (Chinese Simplified: 尹宗华; Chinese Traditional: 尹宗華), Hong Kong; DOB Aug 1964; POB Shengzhou, Zhejiang Province, China; citizen China; Gender Male (individual) [HK-EO13936]. -to- YIN, Zonghua (Chinese Simplified: 尹宗华; Chinese Traditional: 尹宗華), Hong Kong; DOB Aug 1964; POB Shengzhou, Zhejiang Province, China; citizen China; Gender Male; Secondary sanctions risk: pursuant to the Hong Kong Autonomy Act of 2020 - Public Law 116-149 (individual) [HK-EO13936].

listings.

Note that the Hong Kong-related listings now include a warning about secondary sanctions – which is probably related to this joint statement about the recent Hong Kong legislative elections:

Joint Statement on Hong Kong Legislative Council Elections

PRESS STATEMENT

ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE

DECEMBER 20, 2021Share

We, the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom, and the United States Secretary of State, noting the outcome of the Legislative Council elections in Hong Kong, express our grave concern over the erosion of democratic elements of the Special Administrative Region’s electoral system. Actions that undermine Hong Kong’s rights, freedoms and high degree of autonomy are threatening our shared wish to see Hong Kong succeed.

Since handover, candidates with diverse political views have contested elections in Hong Kong. Yesterday’s election has reversed this trend. The overhaul of Hong Kong’s electoral system introduced earlier this year reduced the number of directly elected seats and established a new vetting process to severely restrict the choice of candidates on the ballot paper. These changes eliminated any meaningful political opposition. Meanwhile, many of the city’s opposition politicians – most notably the majority of the “NSL 47” – remain in prison pending trial, with others in exile overseas.

We also remain gravely concerned at the wider chilling effect of the National Security Law and the growing restrictions on freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, which are being felt across civil society. NGOs, trade unions and human rights organizations not supportive of the government’s agenda have been forced to disband or leave, while media freedoms are being curtailed at pace.

Protecting space for peaceful alternative views is the most effective way to ensure the stability and prosperity of Hong Kong. We urge the People’s Republic of China to act in accordance with its international obligations to respect protected rights and fundamental freedoms in Hong Kong, including those guaranteed under the Sino-British Joint Declaration.

and this similar one from the G7 members:

G7 foreign ministers’ statement on Hong Kong Legislative Council elections

We, the G7 Foreign Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union, noting the outcome of the Legislative Council elections in Hong Kong which took place on 19 December 2021, express our grave concern over the erosion of democratic elements of the Special Administrative Region’s electoral system.

The package of changes to the electoral system introduced earlier this year in Hong Kong, including the reduction of the number of directly elected seats and the establishment of a new vetting process to severely restrict the choice of candidates on the ballot paper, undermined Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy under the “One Country, Two Systems” principle.

We strongly reiterate our call on China to act in accordance with the Sino-British Joint Declaration and its other legal obligations, and respect fundamental rights and freedoms in Hong Kong, as provided for in the Basic Law. We also call on the China and the Hong Kong authorities to restore confidence in Hong Kong’s political institutions and end the unwarranted oppression of those who promote democratic values and the defense of rights and freedoms.

Links:

OFAC Notice

Joint Statement

Categories: G7 Statements Global Magnitsky Sanctions Hong Kong-related sanctions Iranian Sanctions Joint Statements OFAC Updates Public Statements, Comments and Reactions Sanctions Lists Terrorism

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2 replies

  1. Doesn’t the “secondary sanctions risk” relate to the fact that these persons were identified in the recently published Update to Report on Identification of Foreign Persons Involved in the Erosion of the Obligations of China Under the Joint Declaration or the Basic Law (https://www.state.gov/december-2021-update-to-report-on-identification-of-foreign-persons-involved-in-the-erosion-of-the-obligations-of-china-under-the-joint-declaration-or-the-basic-law/)?

    1. Undoubtedly… the State Department press release on the Hong Kong Autonomy Act report showed up a little later than the OFAC designations, so…

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