A total of 51 countries around the world have enforced a ban on the cryptocurrency industry, according to a report published by the Global Directory of Legal Research (or GLRD) of the Law Library of the US Congress.
The report was originally published in 2018, but has been updated with new findings.
"Although the 2018 report identified eight jurisdictions with absolute prohibition and 15 jurisdictions with implied prohibition, the November 2022 update identifies nine jurisdictions with absolute prohibition and 42 with implied prohibition," according to the report.
Absolute ban refers to regions that have made cryptocurrencies illegal.
Implicit prohibitions refer to jurisdictions that prohibit banks or other financial institutions from dealing with cryptocurrencies or offering services to people or companies that involve cryptocurrencies.
They also refer to the implementation of bans on cryptocurrency brokers that cannot operate in the country.
Analyzing the bans
The Library of Congress report details nine countries that have banned cryptocurrencies altogether.
These countries are Algeria, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Iraq, Morocco, Nepal, Qatar and Tunisia. Among them, China made the most headlines this year.
Since 2017, the Chinese government has banned trading in cryptocurrencies. However, this year, it tightened its crackdown on cryptocurrency mining . This resulted in a major geopolitical shift from miners to other parts of the world.
Now the United States is the biggest crypto mining market , followed by Kazakhstan and Russia.
Before the crackdown on bitcoin mining, China controlled about 2/3 of the industry.
In the implicit ban group are: Bahrain, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Congo, Tanzania, Tonga, Turkey, Lebanon, Bolivia, Ecuador, Georgia, Guyana, Indonesia, Jordan , Kazakhstan (which has become one of the leading jurisdictions for crypto mining), Kuwait, Lesotho, Libya, Macau, Maldives, Mali, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Republic of Congo, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Tajikistan , Togo, Turkmenistan, UAE, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
There are also 21 countries that have confirmed not to apply anti-money laundering or anti-terrorist financing regulations to the crypto industry.
These countries include Brazil, Guernsey, Jordan, Pakistan and Kazakhstan.
*Translated and edited by Daniela Pereira do Nascimento with permission from Decrypt.co .
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