Canadian Sanctions Related to Central African Republic

Sanctions related to Central African Republic include:


Arms Embargo


Asset Freeze


Technical Assistance Prohibition

Prohibitions

Sanctions related to Central African Republic (CAR) were enacted under the United Nations Act to give effect to United Nations Security Council resolutions. Subject to certain exceptions, the measures imposed against CAR include:

  • a prohibition on the export of arms and related materiel to CAR or to any person in CAR;
  • a prohibition on the provision, to any person in the CAR, of technical assistance related to military activities;
  • an assets freeze against persons designated by the UN committee established by Resolution 2127 (2013) to oversee the sanctions against CAR (the 2127 Committee); and
  • a travel ban against persons designated by the 2127 Committee.

Exceptions

There are some exceptions, including for the following:

  • supplies intended solely for the support of certain regional or international operations in CAR;
  • supplies of non-lethal military equipment intended solely for humanitarian or protective use;
  • protective clothing temporarily exported to CAR by United Nations personnel, representatives of the media and humanitarian and development workers and associated personnel, solely for their personal use;
  • supplies of small arms and other related equipment intended solely for international patrols defending against poaching, smuggling, and other illegal activities; and
  • supplies of arms and related material to CAR security forces for the support of or use in security sector reform.

Background

On December 5, 2013, acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2127 (2013), imposing an arms embargo against the Central African Republic. On January 28, 2014, the Security Council also adopted Resolution 2134 (2014), which imposed a travel ban and asset freeze on individuals or entities designated by the Committee of the Security Council (the 2127 Committee) established under paragraph 57 of Security Council Resolution 2127 (2013).

Selected Documents

Regulations and Orders made under the United Nations Act:

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Legal Advice

Please be advised that Global Affairs Canada cannot provide legal advice to members of the public. For this reason, we cannot deliver an opinion as to whether or not a specific activity or transaction would contravene sanctions legislation. You should consider seeking legal advice in relation to an activity that may contravene a Canadian sanction law.