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The embargo began in February during President John F. In , a draft resolution proposing an end to this more than forty-year-long embargo was adopted by a staggering vote of in favor to 4 against including the United States , with 1 abstention. Although in recent years the United States has increased humanitarian aid to Cuba and has relaxed certain aspects of its embargo, if it did not provoke Castro to change his policies at a time when the Cuban people were suffering most, it is unlikely that the embargo will ever succeed.

In Burma, too, the U. While there are some exceptions, overall U. In many of the cases considered by advocates of sanctions to be successes, other factors that were at play that may have had far more influence than the actual embargo. For instance, in Haiti, political change did not occur until after the United States prepared to invade the country. The U.

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In South Africa, U. Furthermore, sanctions on these three countries were imposed by a broad coalition of trading partners, limiting opportunities for evasion. Powered by MemberMax.

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These criteria aim to regulate a responsible approach to arms transfers, strengthen the exchange of relevant information and increase transparency in the arms trade. The register includes data from participating UN member states on international arms transfers and information on military holdings and procurement. You can download the principles governing conventional arms transfers from the OSCE website.

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All licence applications to export arms and other controlled goods are considered against these criteria, on a case-by-case basis. See overview of export control legislation. The UN Security Council has imposed measures against terrorist organisations in relation to financial and visa sanctions, and arms embargos. These regulations include prohibitions on the technical advice, assistance or training related to military activities to any person, body or entity listed in Annex I to the Al-Qaida Regulation. They also prohibit technical assistance related to goods and technology listed in the Common Military List of the European Union to any person, group, undertaking or entity listed in Annex I of the Taliban Regulation.

The UK government is committed to ensuring that the ECJU is accountable and information on export control is easily accessible.

The ECJU publishes various reports and statistics in relation to applications for export licences and the progress of the organisation, including:. See EU sanctions against Russia - further information. Register of Conventional Arms on the UN website. Al Qaida and Taliban associated individuals and entities against which there are sanctions listed on the UN website. UK legislation search on the legislation.

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Guidance Current arms embargoes and other restrictions. Published 3 August Last updated 1 August — see all updates. Contents Introduction Arms embargoes and trade control restrictions Other restrictions Countries whose sustainable development might be damaged by arms exports Other non-arms-related restrictions Other defence export policies and restrictions applying to all countries Restrictions applying to terrorist organisations Export licensing application statistics Further information. Introduction Sanctions are restrictions on exports implemented for political reasons by countries and international organisations to maintain international peace and security.

Sanctions measures include arms embargoes and other trade control restrictions. It is a criminal offence to export licensable goods without a licence. Arms embargoes and trade control restrictions An arms embargo is a prohibition or sanction against the export of weaponry and dual-use items - goods which have both a civil and military use.

For further information see transport controls and trafficking and brokering trade controls The list below details specific countries where sanctions have been imposed and where there are stricter trade controls in place. Countries subject to military end-use controls Some goods which are not on the UK Military List may need an export licence under the military end-use control.

Other restrictions There is a wider list of countries that are subject to other types of restrictions. Argentina exports to Argentina, ECOWAS countries, India and Pakistan On 27 June , Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs announced a revised policy on exports to, and trade trafficking and brokering in, controlled goods and technology for the Argentina military, revising the previous policy. Argentina is subject to transit control for military goods.

Restrictions on non-conventional and dual-use items As of 10 November the UK reviewed its policy towards nuclear-related exports to India. Implications for exporters Exporters can apply for an export control licence for their goods. You can find the list of borrowing countries on the World Bank IDA website This list includes countries where: there are already specific sanctions and embargoes in place arms exports might seriously hamper its economic or sustainable development Other non-arms-related restrictions There are various non-arms-related restrictions relating to UK exports in force - such as visa and financial sanctions.

Financial sanctions The Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation is responsible for the implementation and administration of international financial sanctions in the UK.


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You can find an overview of EU sanctions on the Europa website Other defence export policies and restrictions applying to all countries The UK government is a party to internationally agreed criteria governing the export of arms and military equipment. Consolidated EU and national arms export licensing criteria All licence applications to export arms and other controlled goods are considered against these criteria, on a case-by-case basis.

The UK also prohibits the export of specific goods to any country, including: portable devices - components for devices designed or modified, for riot control purposes or self protection, to administer an electric shock anti-personnel landmines and their component parts blinding laser weapons significant new nuclear supplies or materials to countries other than recognised nuclear weapons states, where there are unsafeguarded nuclear installations Man-Portable Air Defence Systems MANPADs to non-state end users - see export licensing of Man-Portable Air Defence Systems MANPADs Restrictions applying to terrorist organisations The UN Security Council has imposed measures against terrorist organisations in relation to financial and visa sanctions, and arms embargos.

Export licensing application statistics The UK government is committed to ensuring that the ECJU is accountable and information on export control is easily accessible. Related content Controls on dual-use goods Exports of nuclear and related goods to India UK Strategic Export Control Lists Consolidated list of strategic military and dual-use items that require export authorisation Detailed guidance Do I need an export licence?