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UN arms embargo on the Central African Republic

The UNSC has imposed an arms embargo on the Central African Republic (CAR) since 2013. It bans all supplies of arms and related materiel to the country except to the CAR security forces if approved in advance by the relevant UN Sanctions Committee. The embargo is time limited but has been extended annually.

In December 2013 the UN Security Council adopted unanimously Security Council Resolution 2127 in response to the break down of law and order which saw increasing violence and widespread human rights abuses in the Central African Republic.

The resolution imposed several measures including a year long embargo on the supply of arms, military equipment and related assistance to non state actors in the CAR. It allows the supply of arms to the CAR security forces if approved in advance by the sanctions committee established by the resolution. The resolution also allows the supply of arms to UN authorized international military forces in the CAR.

The embargo has since been extended and is currently in force until 31 January 2017.

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Embargo type: Mandatory UN embargoes
Entry into force:
Establishing document: UNSCR 2127