Security Council renews sanctions on DR Congo, extends expert group mandate

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Photo taken on June 29, 2021 shows a UN Security Council meeting on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) sanctions at the UN headquarters in New York. Renewing the sanctions regime imposed on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Security Council on Tuesday also extended by 12 months the mandate of the Group of Experts overseeing their implementation. (Eskinder Debebe/UN Photo/Handout via Xinhua)
Photo taken on June 29, 2021 shows a UN Security Council meeting on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) sanctions at the UN headquarters in New York. Renewing the sanctions regime imposed on the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Security Council on Tuesday also extended by 12 months the mandate of the Group of Experts overseeing their implementation. (Eskinder Debebe/UN Photo/Handout via Xinhua)

The U.N. Security Council renewed sanctions imposed on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and also extended by 12 months the mandate of the Group of Experts overseeing their implementation.

Unanimously adopting Resolution 2582, the 15-member council decided to renew until July 1, 2022 measures set out in paragraphs 1 to 6 of Resolution 2293 pertaining to an arms embargo, travel ban and asset freeze.

These measures require all states to refrain from, among other things, providing weapons to non-governmental entities operating in the DR Congo.

By other terms, the council reaffirmed that the financial and travel measures described in paragraph 5 of Resolution 2293 shall apply to individuals and entities designated by the related Security Council Sanctions Committee, as set forth in paragraph 7 of Resolution 2293 and paragraph 3 of Resolution 2360.

These measures outline acts that undermine the peace, stability or security of the country, including attacks on peacekeepers with the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, UN personnel and members of the Group of Experts.

In renewing the sanctions, the council decided that these measures shall also apply to individuals and entities designated by the Security Council Sanctions Committee for planning, directing, sponsoring or participating in attacks against medical personnel or humanitarian personnel.

 

Original article published by UN News

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