POSTED ON January 24, 2023

The UN Al-Qaida and ISIL (Da’esh) Sanctions Regime Impacts and Implications

To reflect on the future of the UN al-Qaida and Da’esh/ISIL sanctions regime established by UN Security Council Resolution 1267 (1999) and its subsequent iterations (henceforth, the ‘1267 sanctions regime’), it is worth briefly recalling its history. Al-Qaida attacked the U.S. Embassies in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya in 1998. In the aftermath, the United Nations adopted Security Council Resolution 1267 in 1999, imposing sanctions on al-Qaida and the Taliban. Much happened over the following five years, including of course the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York and the establishment of new UN Security Council subsidiary bodies like the Counter Terrorism Committee (CTC). In that climate of greater seriousness about counterterrorism, it was deemed necessary to create a group of experts to support the 1267 Committee, and the monitoring Team (MT) of independent experts was established in 2004 to support the member states in the sanctions committee; the Monitoring Team has supported the development of sanctions case files, worked with member states and regional partners to produce regular threat assessments, and provide the 1267 Committee with such information and analysis as required.



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