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What are UK sanctions and how to conduct sanctions screening?

Sanctions are normally used by the international community for one or more of the following reasons:

  • To encourage a change in the behaviour of a target country or regime

  • To apply pressure on a target country or regime to comply with set objectives

  • As an enforcement tool when international peace and security has been threatened and diplomatic efforts have failed

  • To prevent and suppress the financing of terrorists and terrorist acts

  • Financial sanctions are normally one element of a package of measures used to achieve one or more of the above

  • Financial sanctions measures can vary from the comprehensive - prohibiting the transfer of funds to a sanctioned country, freezing the assets of a government, corporate entities and or residents of the target country, regime, group or target


Sanctions can be imposed by a number of bodies or other relevant countries, for example

  • HM Treasury

  • Offi