Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1591 (2005) concerning the Sudan


The Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1591 (2005) concerning the Sudan was established on 29 March 2005 to oversee the relevant sanctions measures and to undertake the tasks set out by the Security Council in sub-paragraph 3 (a) of the same resolution.

The Security Council first imposed an arms embargo on all non-governmental entities and individuals, including the Janjaweed, operating in Darfur on 30 July 2004 with the adoption of resolution 1556.  The sanctions regime was modified and strengthened with the adoption of resolution 1591 (2005), which expanded the scope of arms embargo to also include all the parties to the N’djamena Ceasefire Agreement and any other belligerents, and imposed additional measures including a travel ban and an assets freeze on individuals designated by the Committee. The enforcement of the arms embargo was further strengthened by resolution 1945 (2010). The sanctions measures currently in effect are summarized in the table below.

Measure Description (unofficial) Exceptions to the measure
Arms Embargo All States shall take the necessary measures to prevent the supply of arms and related materiel of all types and also of technical training and assistance in relation to actors operating in Darfur.

All States shall ensure that any sale or supply of arms and related materiel to Sudan not prohibited by resolutions 1591 (2005) and 1556 (2004) are made conditional upon the necessary end user documentation so that States may ascertain that any such sale or supply is conducted consistent with the measures imposed by those resolutions
Set out in paragraph 9 of resolution 1556 (2004) and paragraph 7 of resolution 1591 (2005 ), as updated in paragraph 9 of resolution 1945 (2010) and 4 of resolution 2035 (2012).
Travel ban All States shall take the necessary measures to prevent the entry into or transit through their territories of individuals designated by the Committee for inclusion on its consolidated travel ban and assets freeze list on the basis of the criteria set out in sub-paragraph 3(c) of resolution 1591 (2005) Set out in sub-paragraph 3 (f) of resolution 1591 (2005).Information regarding exceptions, as well as on procedures for requesting delisting can be found in the Committee’s Guidelines
Assets freeze Decides that all States shall freeze all funds, other financial assets and economic resources owned or controlled by individuals and entities designated by the Committee for inclusion on the consolidated travel ban and assets freeze list on the basis of the criteria set out in sub-paragraph 3(c) of resolution 1591 (2005) Set out in sub-paragraph 3(g) of resolution 1591 (2005).Information regarding exceptions, as well as on procedures for requesting delisting can be found in the Committee’s Guidelines

States implement the travel ban and assets freeze measures in connection with individuals and entities included in the consolidated travel ban and assets freeze list, which is maintained and regularly updated by the Committee.

The current Chair of the Committee, for the period ending 31 December 2014, is Her Excellency Mrs. Maria Cristina Perceval (Argentina). The two Vice-Chairs for 2014 are Australia and Nigeria. The Committee publishes annual reports of its activities. The Committee has guidelines for the conduct of its work, including on the listing and de-listing procedures. The latest news on the Committee’s work can be found here. For other selected documents see the menu.

The Committee is also supported by a Panel of Experts on the Sudan whose reports can be found here.