On March 7, 2001, acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations, the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1343 imposing sanctions against Liberia in response to former President Taylor's support for the Revolutionary United Front in Sierra Leone. Additional sanctions were imposed by the adoption of Resolution 1478 (2003) on May 6, 2003. To reflect changing circumstances in Liberia, the sanctions regime was subsequently replaced and revised by the adoption of a number of resolutions, including resolutions 1521 (2003) and 1532 (2004).

The Regulations Implementing the United Nations Resolutions on Liberia, as amended, implement the decisions of the Security Council in Canadian domestic law. Implementation of the travel ban imposed by Resolution 1521 (2003) is ensured in Canada under existing provisions of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.


Subject to certain exceptions, the measures imposed against Liberia include:

  • a prohibition on the export of arms and related material to any person in Liberia;
  • a prohibition on the provision, to any person in Liberia, of any technical assistance related to the provision, manufacture, maintenance or use of arms and related material;
  • an assets freeze against persons designated by the UN sanctions committee established to oversee the sanctions measures (the 1521 Committee); and
  • a travel ban against persons designated by the 1521 Committee.

Selected Documents

Regulations Implementing the United Nations Resolutions on Liberia:


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