Canadian Sanctions Related to Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sanctions related to Democratic Republic of the Congo include:


Arms Embargo


Asset Freeze


Technical Assistance Prohibition

Prohibitions

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

  • a prohibition on the export of arms and related materiel to any person in the territory of the DRC;
  • a prohibition on the provision, to any person in the DRC, of technical assistance related to military activities;
  • an assets freeze against persons designated by the UN committee established by Resolution 1533 (2004) to oversee the sanctions against the DRC (the 1533 Committee); and
  • a travel ban against persons designated by the 1533 Committee.

Exceptions

There are some exceptions, including for the following:

  • non-lethal military equipment intended solely for humanitarian or protective use; and
  • arms and related material and technical assistance intended solely for support of, or use by, the United Nations Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC).

Background

On July 28, 2003, acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1493 imposing sanctions against the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in response to continuing hostilities in the eastern part of the DRC which were threatening the peace process. The sanctions regime was subsequently modified and strengthened with the adoption of a number of resolutions, including Resolutions 1533 (2004), 1552 (2004) and 1596 (2005).

The United Nations Democratic Republic of the Congo Regulations, as amended, implement the decisions of the Security Council in Canadian domestic law. Implementation of the travel ban imposed by Resolution 1596 (2005) is ensured in Canada under existing provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

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.