People sanctioned for corruption worldwide

Sanctioned PEOPLE

With the help of their corrupt networks, kleptocrats steal billions from their citizens every year. Countries and jurisdictions impose anti-corruption sanctions against high-level officials and other people suspected of corruption to freeze their assets.

We are documenting the people under these sanctions and analysing sanctions as a tool against corruption.

People sanctioned for corruption worldwide

Sanctioned people

With the help of their corrupt networks, kleptocrats steal billions from their citizens every year. Countries and jurisdictions impose anti-corruption sanctions against high-level officials and other people suspected of corruption to freeze their assets.

We are documenting the people under these sanctions and analysing sanctions as a tool against corruption.

How do anti-corruption sanctions work?

sanctions regimes

This website tracks unilateral measures imposed by jurisdictions in the framework of their foreign policy that apply financial sanctions in response to serious corruption allegations. Concretely, these sanctions freeze the assets of persons accused of the misappropriation of state funds, prohibit any funds from being made available to them and sometimes also ban them from traveling to the sanctioning country via visa bans.

How do anti-corruption sanctions work?

sanctions regimes

This website tracks unilateral measures imposed by jurisdictions in the framework of their foreign policy that apply financial sanctions in response to serious corruption allegations. Concretely, these sanctions freeze the assets of persons accused of the misappropriation of state funds, prohibit any funds from being made available to them and sometimes also ban them from traveling to the sanctioning country via visa bans.

Are anti-corruption sanctions effective as a tool against corruption?

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Our research shows that sanctions can be an effective tool to advance the recovery of assets stolen through corruption. However, sanctions cannot be seen as the ultimate end; they need to be linked to proactive obligations on law enforcement in countries of destination to work towards asset recovery.

We propose several recommendations for governments to maximise the impact of sanctions on successful asset recovery proceedings:

Are anti-corruption sanctions effective as a tool against corruption?

REsources

Our research shows that sanctions can be an effective tool to advance the recovery of assets stolen through corruption. However, sanctions cannot be seen as the ultimate end; they need to be linked to proactive obligations on law enforcement in countries of destination to work towards asset recovery. 

We propose several recommendations for governments to maximise the impact of sanctions on successful asset recovery proceedings:

  • Include asset recovery provisions into anti-corruption sanctions regimes.

  • Develop transparent designation critria and apply sanctions consitently.

  • Use sanctions as part of broader anti-corruption and asset recovery strategies.

  • Work with civil society throughout the process.

Why should the private sector care about sanctions?

guidelines

As well as assisting the countries of origin, where funds were stolen from, businesses have a role and responsibilities to both report and to act when there is a suspicion that they are dealing with people subject to sanctions.

guidelines

Why should the private sector care about sanctions?

As well as assisting the countries of origin, where funds were stolen from, businesses have a role and responsibilities to both report and to act when there is a suspicion that they are dealing with people subject to sanctions.

News

International Anti-Corruption Day 2021: Spotlight on Individuals Sanctioned for Serious Corruption

09/12/2021   Today, 9th of December, marks Anti-Corruption Day. As cross-border corruption continues to threaten the rule of law and sustainable development, we at CiFAR have continued documenting the people under anti-corruption sanctions and analysing sanctions as a tool against cross-border corruption and for asset recovery. Read more

The EU and UK are releasing the money of deposed dictators

21/04/2021    Why is the EU lifting sanctions on politicians accused of corruption in Egypt, Tunisia and Ukraine, when so little money has been recovered? On 12 March, the EU lifted sanctions against nine Egyptians responsible for the misappropriation of Egyptian state funds and unfroze the suspected proceeds of corruption, claiming that “the regime had served its purpose. Read more

EU MISAPPROPRIATION SANCTIONS TEN YEARS ON – FACTSHEET 2021

19/03/2021   Following the revolutions in 2011 in Tunisia and Egypt and 2014 in Ukraine, the Council of the European Union imposed misappropriation sanctions on people suspected of corruption from the ousted regimes. These require that any assets relating to people on the list, including real estate and bank accounts, are frozen in all EU Member States. Read more