House of Representatives

Motions

Approve enforcement of the Economic Sanctions (Implementation of United Nations Resolutions on the Islamic Republic of Iran) Order, 2018 until revocation

House of Representatives - 4th Session - 11th Republican Parliament

WHEREAS by section 4 of the Economic Sanctions Act, Chap. 81:05 ("the Act") the President may for the purpose of implementing a decision, resolution or recommendation by a regional or an international organisation of States or association of States, of which Trinidad and Tobago is a member, that calls on its members to take economic measures against a foreign State make an order with respect to-

  • (a) the restriction or prohibition of any of the activities referred to in section 5 in relation to a foreign State;
  • (b) the seizing, freezing or sequestration in the manner set out in the Order any property situated in Trinidad and Tobago that is held by or on behalf of-
    • (i) a foreign State;
    • (ii) any person in that foreign State; or
    • (iii) a national of that foreign State who does not ordinarily reside in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • (c) the exclusion of any person, property, goods, technical data, services, transactions, ships or aircraft or any class thereof from the application of the Order.

AND WHEREAS the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 2231(2015) relative to Iran, United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540(2004) and its successor resolution, Member Countries of the United Nations were called on to impose economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran.

AND WHEREAS Trinidad and Tobago is required to implement the Financial Action Task Force's Recommendations 7 relative to the Islamic Republic of Iran which requires that countries implement target financial sanctions to comply with United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) relating to the prevention, suppression and disruption of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and its financing.

AND WHEREAS the aforementioned resolutions require countries to freeze, without delay, the funds and other assets of and to ensure that no funds and other assets are made available, directly or indirectly, to or for the benefit of any person or entity designated by, or under the authority of, the United Nations Security Council under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations.

AND WHEREAS the President, by Legal Notice No 185 of 14th December, 2018 signed the Economic Sanctions (Implementation of United Nations Resolutions on The Islamic Republic of Iran) Order, 2018 ("the Order").

AND WHEREAS the President, in accordance with section 4(4) of the Act, did cause to be delivered on the 17th December, 2018 to the Speaker for presentation to the House of Representatives, a statement setting out the specific grounds on which the decision to make the Order was based.

AND WHEREAS the statement of Her Excellency the President, was debated in the House of Representatives on 11th January, 2019 and approved and published as Legal Notice No. 14 of 2019.

AND WHEREAS section 4(3) of the Act provides that subject to section 4(5), an Order made under section 4(1) shall, unless previously revoked, remain in force for three months.

AND WHEREAS section 4(5) of the Act provides that before the expiration of an Order made under section 4(3), the Order may be extended, either indefinitely or for a specified period, by a resolution supported by a simple majority vote of the House of Representatives.

AND WHEREAS it has become necessary to extend the life of the Order as follows:

  • (a) Clauses 21, 22 and 23 of the Order shall continue in force until 18 October 2020 and then expire;
  • (b) Clauses 12, 19 and 20 of the Order shall continue in force until 18 October 2023 and then expire;
  • (c) Clauses 16 and 17 of the Order shall continue in force until 18 October 2025 and then expire; and
  • (d) Clauses 1 to 11, 13 to 15, 18 and 24 to 28 shall continue in force until revoked.

BE IT RESOLVED that the life of the Order be extended as follows:

  • (a) Clauses 21, 22 and 23 of the Order shall continue in force until 18 October 2020 and then expire;
  • (b) Clauses 12, 19 and 20 of the Order shall continue in force until 18 October 2023 and then expire;
  • (c) Clauses 16 and 17 of the Order shall continue in force until 18 October 2025 and then expire; and
  • (d) Clauses 1 to 11, 13 to 15, 18 and 24 to 28 shall continue in force until revoked.

(By the Attorney General)

8 Mar 2019
Approved
House of Representatives Debate Day 1Hansard
3 speakersShow Speakers
1.The Honourable Faris Al-Rawi [San Fernando West] [Attorney General]
2. Dr. Surujrattan Rambachan [Tabaquite] [Opposition Member]
3.The Honourable Faris Al-Rawi [San Fernando West] [Attorney General]