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Sanctions in the age of pandemic…

See my new article Are Sanctions Cruel? over at KYC360 – it’s about the current brouhaha over relaxing sanctions because sanctioned countries are apparently having difficulties receiving aid – and the available humanitarian mechanisms provided under US sanctions regulations. Hint: it’s more complicated than that.

OFAC Humanitarian Aid Fact Sheet: Other Guidance Resources

Other Cross-Programmatic Guidance • “OFAC Licensing Process” – Provides guidance on the OFAC licensing process. • “Guidance Related to the Provision of Humanitarian Assistance by Not-For-Profit Non- Governmental Organizations” – Clarifies the reach of economic sanctions for the non- governmental organizations involved in the provision of humanitarian assistance. (October 2014)

OFAC Humanitarian Aid Fact Sheet: Ukraine/Russia

Ukraine/Russia-Related Russia is engaged in a broad range of malign activities globally, including interference in elections, ongoing aggression towards Ukraine, providing support to the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria and the Maduro regime in Venezuela, engaging in malicious cyber activity, committing human rights abuses, and assisting North Korea in evading […]

OFAC Humanitarian Aid Fact Sheet: Cuba

Cuba The Cuba embargo targets Cuba’s Communist regime, which has for decades oppressed the Cuban people and failed to meet their most basic needs. Though the Cuba embargo remains in place, and most transactions between the United States, or persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction, and Cuba continue to be prohibited, […]

OFAC Humanitarian Aid Fact Sheet: Syria

Syria OFAC’s Syria sanctions are designed to deter Bashar al-Assad, his cronies, foreign enablers, and the Government of Syria from accessing the international financial system and global supply chain. In addition, there are many illicit actors that operate in Syria, such as those related to Specially Designated Global Terrorists, Iran, […]

OFAC Humanitarian Aid Fact Sheet: North Korea

North Korea Among other objectives, OFAC’s North Korea sanctions are intended to stop the Government of North Korea from further developing its WMD programs by restricting its access to the international financial system and global supply chain. OFAC generally licenses non- governmental organizations (NGO) to provide services related to certain […]

OFAC Humanitarian Aid Fact Sheet: Venezuela

Venezuela The Venezuela sanctions program is designed to limit the illegitimate former Maduro regime’s sources of revenue and hold accountable those who stand in the way of restoring democracy in Venezuela, while also ensuring the flow of humanitarian goods and services to the Venezuelan people. U.S. persons are not prohibited […]

Humanitarian Assistance Fact Sheet: Iran

Iran The Iran sanctions program is focused on denying the Iranian regime the funding it needs to continue its ongoing violent and destabilizing activities around the world. To ensure that humanitarian goods can reach the people of Iran, while maintaining pressure on the Iranian regime, the United States maintains broad […]

OFAC issues Humanitarian Assistance Fact Sheet

Publication of a Fact Sheet on the Provision of Humanitarian Assistance and Trade to Combat COVID-19 4/16/2020 On April 16, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a Fact Sheethighlighting the most relevant exemptions, exceptions, and authorizations for humanitarian assistance and trade under the Iran, Venezuela, North […]