New Zealand implements the UN Security Council’s sanctions concerning the Central African Republic through the United Nations Sanctions (Central African Republic) Regulations 2014.

Sanctions were imposed concerning the Central African Republic in 2013 by resolution 2127. You can find out more about the UNSC sanctions resolutions here (external link).

United Nations Sanctions (Central African Republic) Regulations 2014

New Zealand's sanctions regulations came into force on 12 May 2014. You can find the full text of the regulations here (external link). These regulations apply to all persons inside New Zealand and to New Zealand citizens outside New Zealand.

A person breaching the sanctions regulations could be liable for up to 12 months imprisonment or a fine of up to $10,000. A company breaching the sanctions regulations could be liable for a fine of up to $100,000.

Some of the key restrictions in the sanctions regulations are outlined below. The following list is a summary only and is not comprehensive. We recommend that you look at the detailed regulations and obtain independent legal advice when making decisions about dealings with persons from the Central African Republic.

Arms embargo

The regulations prohibit the direct and indirect export of arms from New Zealand to the Central African Republic (with some exceptions). The regulations also prohibit loading or carrying arms to the Central African Republic on a New Zealand craft, and other transactions or dealings with arms that are intended for the Central African Republic (see regulations 4-10).

Asset Freeze

The regulations prohibit transferring, selling, or otherwise dealing with any property (including assets, money or securities) that is owned or controlled by a designated person or their agent (see regulations 14-17). You can access the list of people and entities designated by the UN here (external link).

Training and assistance

The regulations prohibit providing any technical training or assistance related to military activities or the provision, manufacture or use of any arms to any person in the Central African Republic (see regulation 12).

Travel ban

The regulations prohibit people designated by the UN from entering or transiting through New Zealand (see regulation 13). You can access the list of people and entities designated by the UN here (external link).