16 December 2011
Security Council

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Security Council Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee Substantially Revises Its Guidelines


On 30 November 2011, the Security Council Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee adopted revised Guidelines for the Conduct of its Work.  The Guidelines were revised in compliance with paragraph 43 of Security Council resolution 1989 (2011), which directed the Committee “as a matter of priority, to review its guidelines with respect to the provisions of [that] resolution”.

As part of the revision of the Guidelines, a number of sections have been amended substantially, including the sections on listing (Section 6), de-listing (Section 7), and reviewing the Committee’s Al-Qaida Sanctions List of individuals and entities subject to sanctions measures (Section 10).  The de-listing section now also includes the new procedures for considering de-listing requests submitted by designating States pursuant to paragraph 27 of resolution 1989 (2011) and de-listing requests submitted through the Office of the Ombudsperson in accordance with paragraphs 21–23 of resolution 1989 (2011).  The revised Guidelines furthermore contain some technical amendments introduced with a view to enhancing accuracy and consistency throughout the text.

The Committee trusts that the revised Guidelines will facilitate the conduct of its own work and provide useful guidance to Member States in their efforts to implement the relevant Security Council resolutions, including resolution 1989 (2011).  The English language version of the revised Guidelines is available on the Committee’s website (http://www.un.org/sc/committees/1267/pdf/1267_guidelines.pdf) and versions of the Guidelines in all six official languages will be made available on the website shortly.

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