Democratic Republic of the Congo


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.


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 sanctions committee established to oversee the arms embargo (1533 Committee); and
  • a travel ban against persons designated by the 1533 Committee.

Selected Documents

Regulations made under the United Nations Act:


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