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November 01, 1998 – The Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) declared a moratorium on the import, export and manufacture of light weapons. The Moratorium applies to pistols, rifles, shotguns, sub-machine guns, carbines, machine guns, anti-tank missiles, mortars and howitzers up to 85mm and ammunition and spare parts for the above. A Code of Conduct on its implementation was agreed on 24 March 1999.

Exceptions to the Moratorium may be granted where the goods are to meet legitimate security needs.

There are three exceptions to the Moratorium as follows:

The ECOWAS Moratorium applies to all states in ECOWAS:


Council Regulation (EU) No 269/2011 of 21 March 2011 amending Regulation (EU) No 1284/2009 imposing certain specific restrictive measures in respect of the Republic of Guinea. Several names added to sanctions list of the EU, for more informations EU Sanctions

In October 2009 the European Union imposed sanctions on Guinea in response to the violent crack down by Guinean government forces on political demonstrators in September 2009 and concerns about the general political situation in the country.

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The European Union adopted Council Regulation (EU) No 1284/2009 on 22 December 2009. The Regulation provided for certain restrictive measures concerning members of the National Council for Democracy and Development (NCDD) and persons associated with them.

UK Sanctions


Brussels, 31 March 2011 – Declaration by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the alignment of certain third countries with the Council Decision 2011/169/CFSP amending Decision 2010/638/CFSP concerning restrictive measures directed against the Republic of Guinea – More information on the EU Third Countries alignment page.


Der Bundesrat hat am 16. Dezember 2009 Zwangsmassnahmen gegenüber Guinea beschlossen und eine entsprechende Verordnung erlassen. Die Schweiz schliesst sich damit den Sanktionen an, welche die EU am 27. Oktober 2009 gegen Guinea verhängt hatte. Die EU hatte die Sanktionen als Reaktion auf die blutige Niederschlagung einer Kundgebung der Opposition durch die guineische Armee im Stadion von Conakry am vergangenen 28. September ergriffen. Am 24. Februar 2010 hat der Bundesrat die Verordnung zwecks Übernahme der zusätzlichen Sanktionsmassnahmen der EU vom 22. Dezember 2009 einer Totalrevision unterzogen.

Die Verordnung sieht die folgenden Massnahmen vor:


Sperrung von Geldern und wirtschaftlichen Ressourcen


Swiss Sanctions

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