New Zealand implements the UN Security Council’s sanctions concerning Mali through the United Nations Sanctions (Mali) Regulations 2018.

Sanctions were imposed concerning Mali(external link) in 2017 by resolution 2374. The sanctions have an initial term of 12 months.

United Nations Sanctions (Mali) Regulations 2018

New Zealand's sanctions regulations(external link) came into force on 5 April 2018. 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 Mali.

Asset Freeze

The regulations prohibit transferring, selling, or otherwise dealing with any property (including land, shares, or money) that is owned or controlled by a person designated by the UN's Mali sanctions committee(external link), or their agent (see regulations 5-7).

Travel ban

The regulations prohibit people designated by the UN(external link) from entering or transiting through New Zealand (see regulation 4).


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