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Potential impact on the population

UN sanctions measures range from highly targeted measures on individuals and entities, which are less likely to have a negative impact beyond those specifically designated, to broad measures imposed on entire economic sectors, which have a high probability of negatively affecting the country's population.

While the ultimate impact of sanctions is not just a matter of their design, but also their implementation, different (combinations of) measures are likely to have different negative impact on the civilian population.

The specific combinations of UN sanctions measures imposed over the past 30 years (80 sanctions episodes) have had the following potential negative impact on the population: