New Zealand implements the UN Security Council sanctions against Al-Qaida and the Taliban through the United Nations Sanctions (Al-Qaida and Taliban) Regulations 2007 and the Terrorism Suppression Act

Sanctions were imposed first against Al-Qaida and the Taliban in 1999 by resolution 1267. In 2011, the UNSC adopted resolutions 1988 and 1989, splitting the list of individuals and entities subject to sanctions into two. The 1988 Sanctions List is comprised of individuals, groups and entities associated with the Taliban. The 1267/1989/2253 list is better known as the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List. You can find more information about each here (external link) and here (external link).

All persons or entities designated by the UN on either the 1988 List or the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions List are also designated entities for the purposes of the Terrorism Suppression Act 2001 (TSA). You can find more information about the TSA and designated terrorist entities here (external link).

New Zealand also designates non-UN listed entities in support of UNSC resolution 1373, using the provisions of the TSA. More information on terrorist entities designated unilaterally by New Zealand can be found here (external link).

United Nations Sanctions (Al-Qaida and Taliban) Regulations 2007

New Zealand's sanctions regulations came into force on 19 November 2007. 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 anyone who might be a designated person or entity.

Arms embargo

The regulations prohibit the direct and indirect export of arms from New Zealand to a “specified entity”. 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 a specified entity (see regulations 4-11). A specified entity is defined in the regulations as Usama bin Laden, an Al-Qaida entity, the Taliban, or a Taliban entity.

Training and assistance

The regulations prohibit providing any technical training or assistance relared to the provision, manufacture, maintenance or use of any arms to a specified entity (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 lists of people and entities designated by the UN  here (external link) and here (external link).