Wednesday, June 19, 2013 05:14
UN Lifts Sanction On 17 Liberians
The United Nations Security Council Committee on Liberia has unconditionally dropped travel restrictions and assets freeze on 17 Liberians. The committee established pursuant to resolution 1521 in 2003 concerning Liberia reached the decision on July 20, 2012.
The 17 Liberians were denied traveling out of the country due to what the UN perceived as threat to the peace process in Liberia. The travel restrictions were imposed by paragraph 4(a) of resolution 1521 (2003) and the list of individuals and entities subject to the measure imposed by paragraph 1 of resolution 1532 (2004) concerning assets freeze.
According to the committee, the measures no longer apply to those 17 Liberians but it would continue to update its list on a regular basis.
Those individuals free from the sanction list include; Adolphus Dolo, Edwin Snowe, Belle Dunbar, George Dweh, Agnes Reeves Taylor and Tupee Taylor.
Others include; Senator Jewel Howard Taylor Cyril Allen, Myrtle Gibson, Martin George, Randolph Cooper, Victoria Refell, John T. Richardson, Reginald Goodridge, Emmanuel Shaw, Sampson Gwen and Maurice Cooper.
Meanwhile, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has welcomed the decision by the United Nations Security Council Sanctions Committee to delist 17 Liberian nationals from the lists of individuals subjected to Assets Freeze and Travel Ban.
“We are so glad that yesterday, the United Nations Security Council delisted 17 persons who had suffered from Assets Freeze and Travel Ban,” President Sirleaf said, noting that the Liberian Government had been instrumental in advocating for their delisting.
The Liberian leader further stated that now that these Liberians can move about freely, in accordance with the rights granted under the Constitution, she hoped that this 165th Independence Anniversary would be a memorable and enjoyable one for them.
According to an Executive Mansion release, based on a request of the Government of Liberia, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1521 (2003) concerning Liberia, on July 20, 2012, decided to delist 17 Liberian nationals from its Assets Freeze and Travel Ban list.
Delisted from both the Travel Ban and Assets Freeze lists are: Mr. Edwin Snowe; Mrs. Agnes Reeves Taylor; Mrs. Tupee Taylor; Mrs. Jewel Howard Taylor; Mrs. Myrtle Francelle Gibson; Mr. Martin George; Mr. Cyril Allen; Mr. Randolph Cooper; Mr. Reginald Goodridge; and Mr. Emmanuel Shaw.
The Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1521 (2003) concerning Liberia was established on December 22, 2003, to oversee relevant sanctions and to undertake the tasks set out by the Security Council in paragraph 21 of the same resolution.
As set out in paragraph 4 (c) of resolution 1521 (2003), as regards 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 Travel Ban List on the basis of the criteria set out in paragraph 4 (a) of resolution 1521 (2003).
Likewise, as set out in paragraph 2 of resolution 1532 (2004), regarding Assets Freeze, the Council decided that all States shall freeze without delay funds, other financial assets and economic resources owned or controlled by individuals and entities designated by the Committee for inclusion on the Assets Freeze List on the basis of the criteria set out in paragraph 1 of resolution 1532 (2004). These lists are maintained and updated regularly.