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On April 3, 2014, President Obama issued an Executive Order (EO) authorizing sanctions against certain persons found responsible for the recent violence in South Sudan. The President declared a national emergency to deal with the threat to the peace, security, and stability of South Sudan and the surrounding region. The EO gives power to the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State to block the property of any person determined to have a role in the unrest in South Sudan.
Specifically, the EO authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to block the property of any person determined to:
The EO also prohibits donations and entry into the United States to the blocked persons. The EO does not specifically name any blocked person, but we may expect the Department of the Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) will soon add additional names to its Specially Designed Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN) list.
For the time being, the South Sudan remains subject to normal export controls administered by the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security and not a country wide sanction. No changes have been made to the comprehensive U.S. sanctions on the Republic of Sudan (North Sudan).
Topics: Executive Orders, Foreign Policy, Sanctions
Published In: Civil Rights Updates, International Trade Updates
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