February 23, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
The UN Security Council announced Wednesday that a 10 year old arms embargo against Somalia will not be fully restored after its expiration in March. In 2013, the security council voted to partially lift the embargo, allowing the Somalian government to purchase small arms to defend against ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Andrew Morgan
Following weeks of escalating violence, the international community began to consider action against Gaddafi's government. The UN Security Council voted unanimously on February 27, 2011 to adopt Resolution 1970, imposing sanctions on Gaddafi's government, including an arms embargo, travel ban and ...[read more]
February 7, 2013
by Kyle Webster
On February 7, 1962, an executive order by President John F. Kennedy banning all imports and exports to and from Cuba went into full effect. This order furthered action taken against Cuba by the US Congress in the form of the Cuban Democracy Act, resulting in a near full embargo against the ...[read more]
December 22, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On December 22, 2009, Sudanese lawmakers adopted legislation setting out the procedures for the 2011 southern independence referendum. It was agreed to earlier that month by leaders of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM). The referendum, ...[read more]
November 5, 2010
by Brian Jackson
The US government's human rights record came under criticism Friday during the country's first Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Among the criticisms leveled at the US were the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, the practice of rendition, the embargo ...[read more]
October 29, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On October 29, 2008, the UN General Assembly adopted by 185-3 a resolutionPDF urging the US to lift its longstanding embargo on Cuba. Only the US, Israel and Palau voted No. This is the seventeenth consecutive year the Assembly has approved such a non-binding measure, with this year registering ...[read more]
September 3, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On September 3, 2009, the US Department of the Treasury lifted travel restrictions and restrictions on money transfers between Cuban-Americans and their families in Cuba. The department also authorized US telecommunications companies work within Cuba to facilitate communication between families ...[read more]
August 31, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On August 31, 1935, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Neutrality Act of 1935, which placed an embargo on arms and war materials on all countries involved in war. The act was used in October 1935 in response to Italy's invasion of Ethiopia to bar arms sales to both countries. The act was part ...[read more]
August 6, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On August 6, 1990, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 661, imposing sanctions on Iraq following its invasion of Kuwait four days prior. The resolution established a worldwide trade embargo on Iraq, which remained in place until the US-led invasion in 2003. Learn more about the 1990 Gulf ...[read more]
December 22, 2009
by JURIST Staff
On December 22, 1807, the Embargo Act was passed at the urging of President Thomas Jefferson. The Act barred trade with any foreign nations in an effort to avoid American entry into the Napoleonic Wars of Europe. However, the Act proved unenforceable and was replaced with the Non-Intercourse Act, ...[read more]

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