New Zealand implements the UN Security Council’s sanctions concerning Lebanon through the United Nations Sanctions (Lebanon) Regulations 2008.

Sanctions were imposed concerning Lebanon in 2005 by resolution 1636(external link) and extended to include an arms embargo in 2006 with resolution 1701.

United Nations Sanctions (Lebanon) Regulations 2008

New Zealand's sanctions regulations(external link) came into force on 18 August 2008. 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 Lebanon.

Arms embargo

The regulations prohibit the direct and indirect export of arms from New Zealand to Lebanon. 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 Lebanon (see regulations 4-12).

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 a person or entity acting on their behalf(external link) (see regulations 14-16).

Training and assistance

The regulations prohibit providing any training, advice or assistance related to military activities to any person in Lebanon (see regulation 13).

Travel ban

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


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