Security Council sanctions: can Australia make a difference?

In the lead-up to Australia assuming the SC presidency on 1 Sept, The Conversation is running a set of op-eds, including today's article on sanctions by AHRCentre project director Christopher Michaelsen and Marie-Eve Loselle, founding members of the Security Council Analysis Network (SCAN). The article argues for the United Nations Security Council, sanctions are an important instrument in addressing threats to international peace and security. They usually take the form of controls and bans on travel, trade in specified goods and services, and on financial dealings with designated persons and entities. 

Since it assumed its role as a non-permanent member of the Security Council in January this year, Australia has been playing a leadership role in chairing three subsidiary bodies of the council mandated to implement UN sanctions: the 1267 Committee on Al-Qaida, the 1988 Committee on the Taliban, and the 1737 Committee on Iran.

As the council is becoming more concerned with human rights violations, it should practice what it preaches and operate in line with decent procedures. Australia should make the most out of its presidency of the Security Council and push for continued reform in this regard.


Read the full article here.