Last Updated: June 20, 2024

Yo’ng-kil YI


리영길; Yo’ng-kil RI; Yong Gi RI; Yong Gil RI; Jong-Gil RI


Chief of the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army (KPA)

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Ri Yong Gil is the Minister of National Defence of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). He was the Minister of Social Security from January 2021 until June or July 2021. He was Chief of the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) between 2018 and January 2021. As Minister of National Defence, Ri Yong Gil is responsible for ser...

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(Date of UN designation: 2021-03-22)

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Restrictive measures against serious human rights violations and abuses



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Human Rights


Asset freeze and prohibition to make funds available, Restrictions on admission

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- All assets of the listed persons and entities should be frozen. It is also prohibited to make any funds or assets directly or indirectly available to them. - Member States shall enforce travel restrictions on persons listed in the Annex of Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1999

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On 9 December 2019, the Council welcomed the launch by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of preparatory work to establish a horizontal EU sanctions regime against serious human rights violations and abuses. On 17 November 2020, the Council approved conclusions on the EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Demo...

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