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June 17, 2021: OFAC issues COVID-related General Licenses for Syria, Iran & Venezuela programs

Issuance of Syria General License 21, Venezuela General License 39, and Iran General License N, “Authorizing Certain Activities to Respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic” and Associated Frequently Asked Questions Release date06/17/2021 The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is issuing Syria General License […]

OFAC Iran & counter-terrorism designations & updates, GL 8 gets updated (as do the FAQs)

OFAC added the following persons: KARBASIAN, Masoud (a.k.a. KARBASIAN, Mas’ud); DOB 14 Jun 1956; POB Isfahan, Iran; nationality Iran; Additional Sanctions Information – Subject to Secondary Sanctions; Gender Male; Passport D10002096 (Iran) expires 26 Aug 2022; National ID No. 1286504104 (Iran) (individual) [SDGT] [IFSR] (Linked To: NATIONAL IRANIAN OIL COMPANY). […]

What about a SHTA for North Korea?

That’s the subject of my new article for Regulation Asia – Humanitarian Trade with North Korea: A Matter of Trust. It’s not just finding a government that will provide a clearinghouse for the transactions and the associated due diligence and reporting – it’s navigating the geopolitics, too. Let me know […]

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, […]