U.S. Sanctions

President Trump authorizes the implementation of Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act

President Trump authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury, in coordination with the Secretary of State, to administer the Global Magnitsky Act. The Act aims to impose economic sanctions on persons responsible for massive human rights violations and significant acts of corruption.

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Former Turkish Minister of Economy subject to U.S. Department of Justice investigation into Turkish Iran Sanctions Violations

On 06 September 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it’s broadening the ongoing investigation into Turkish violations of U.S. Iran sanctions. The investigation includes a probe into the conduct of a former Turkish Minister of the Economy who allegedly received bribes and kick-backs to conceal U.S. Iran related sanctions violations.                                                                   




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Rafael Márquez get’s a Red Card not from the Ref, but from U.S. Government

On 09 August 2017, Mexican soccer legend Rafael Márquez was blacklisted by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). He was placed on the Specially Designated Nationals List), under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). As a SDN, persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction are prohibited from doing any business with the soccer giant. 



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Venezuela Hit again by U.S. Sanctions: Next Cuba?

On 26 July 2017, OFAC imposed a new wave of sanctions against Venezuela. The OFAC action blacklists 13 current or former senior officials of the Venezuelan Government that the U.S. Government holds responsible for the undermining of democracy, violence against opposition protesters and corruption.  As a result, all assets of these individuals subject to U.S. jurisdiction are frozen, and U.S. persons are prohibited from dealing with them.


U.S. Government Hits China-based Bank of Dandong for supporting North Korean sanctions violations

On 29 June 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that the Bank of Dandong, a Chinese bank, is a foreign bank of primary money laundering concern under Section 311 USA Patriot Act). Furthermore, the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control blacklisted two Chinese individuals and one Chinese company in response to North Korea’s ongoing WMD development and continued violations of UN Security Council resolutions.