August 1, 2023

EU establishes autonomous framework for Haiti sanctions

The Council of the European Union has announced a new framework for restrictive measures to be imposed independently of sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council against Haiti in October 2022.

The autonomous measures include travel bans and asset freezes, and will prohibit persons and entities in the European Union from making funds available to listed individuals and entities.  These new measures will enable the European Union to designate persons deemed responsible for threatening the peace, security or stability of Haiti, or for undermining democracy and the rule of law.  The autonomous sanctions regime is intended to complement the existing UN Security Council measures, which impose an arms embargo, travel restrictions and asset freezes.  The Security Council measures were adopted into EU law in November 2022 through Regulation (EU) 2022/2309 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/2319, which is amended by Council Decision (CFSP) 2023/1574.

Press release | Council Regulation (EU) 2023/1569 | Council Decision (CFSP) 2023/1574