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Sanctions: Vote on Resolution Establishing a Standing Humanitarian Carve-out to UN Sanctions Regimes

Today (9 December), the Security Council is expected to vote on a draft resolution establishing a “humanitarian carve-out” to the asset freeze measures imposed by UN sanctions regimes. (The carve-out is also referred to as a standing humanitarian exception or exemption.) The draft resolution is open to all UN member states for co-sponsorship.

Ireland and the US, the co-penholders on the resolution, circulated the first draft of the resolution to all Council members on 2 November. Several rounds of negotiations were held, and members also submitted written comments. The penholders put the third version of the draft under silence until 12 pm on 6 December; silence was broken by China and Russia. After making additional revisions, a fourth draft was then put in blue on 8 December without an additional silence procedure.

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