EU introduces global human rights sanctions regime

On 7 December 2020, the Council of the EU announced the introduction of a new global human rights sanctions regime, as part the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2020-2024. The new regime introduces a framework to impose a travel ban and asset freeze on individuals and entities identified as responsible for, involved … Read more

OFSI Releases its Third Annual Review for 2019-2020

On October 9, 2020, HM Treasury’s Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) published its latest Annual Review for the 2019-20 financial year. Established in 2016, OFSI is a component of Her Majesty’s Treasury, which implements and enforces financial sanctions in the UK. The publication marks the third report which OFSI have published and provides an … Read more

OFAC Sanctions Russian Government Research Institution Connected to the Triton Malware

On October 23, OFAC designated State Research Center of the Russian Federation FGUP Central Scientific Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics (TsNIIKhM) to OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List because of TsNIIKhM’s involvement with Triton malware. TsNIIKhM is a Russian government-controlled research institution. OFAC’s press release is available here. The 2017 Triton Malware … Read more

OFAC Issues Finding of Violation—but No Penalty—for Sanctions Violations Caused by Compliance System Defects and Human Error

On April 30, 2020, the US Department of Treasury (“Treasury”)’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued a Finding of Violation to American Express Travel Related Services Company (“AMEX”). AMEX issued a prepaid travel card to Gerhard Wisser, a specially designated national or “SDN,” and subsequently processed approximately $35,000 in transactions Wisser conducted using the card. AMEX … Read more