New Zealand implements the UN Security Council’s sanctions concerning Eritrea through the United Nations Sanctions (Eritrea) Regulations 2010.

Sanctions were imposed concerning Eritrea in 2009 by resolution 1907. You can find out more about the UNSC sanctions resolutions here (external link).

United Nations Sanctions (Eritrea) Regulations 2010

New Zealand's sanctions regulations came into force on 26 April 2010. 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 Eritrea.

Arms embargo

The regulations prohibit the direct and indirect export of arms from New Zealand to Eritrea. The regulations also prohibit loading or carrying such arms onto a ship or aircraft, and other transactions or dealing with arms that are intended for Eritrea (see regulations 4-11).

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 entity or for their benefit (see regulations 14-16). You can access the list of people and entities designated by the UN here (external link).

Training and assistance

The regulations prohibit providing any training, advice or assistance related to military activities to any person in Eritrea (see regulation 12).

Travel ban

The regulations prohibit people designated by the UN from entering or transiting through New Zealand unless entry or transit would be consistent with the UNSC’s determinations (see regulation 13). You can access the list of people and entities designated by the UN here (external link).