Sanctions Profile: Afghanistan

At a glance

UN sanctions relating to Afghanistan were first introduced in 1999 by UN Security Council Resolution 1267, and required all Member States to impose an arms embargo, asset freezes, and travel bans on people and entities associated with Osama bin Laden or the Taliban, as designated by the relevant UN sanctions committee.

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UNSC adopts humanitarian exemption to Taliban-related sanctions

The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted resolution 2615, which establishes an exemption for humanitarian assistance and other activities that support basic needs in Afghanistan from Taliban-related sanctions imposed pursuant to resolutions 2255 (2015) and 1988 (2011). Press Release. The exemption permits the processing/payment of funds, other financial assets or economic resources, and the provision of goods and services necessary …

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OFAC issues Afghanistan GL 16

On Friday (10 December 2021), the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued Afghanistan General Licence (GL) 16, “Authorising Noncommercial, Personal Remittances to Afghanistan” and relevant FAQs 931 and 949. Notice. The GL authorises all transactions involving the Taliban or the Haqqani Network, or any entity in which the Taliban/Haqqani Network own a 50% or greater interest, that …


OFSI updates charity sector guidance

OFSI has updated its charity sector guidance in response to the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan. The guidance appears on the ‘UK Guidance’ section of this site. OFSI’s blog post says: Some members of the Taliban are subject to UN sanctions but the UK does not have sanctions against Taliban as an entity. The UK considers that it cannot grant a humanitarian …


US Senate committee hears evidence on Afghanistan & Taliban sanctions

On 5 October 2021, the US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs (Banking Committee) held a hearing entitled ‘Afghanistan’s Future: Assessing the National Security, Humanitarian and Economic Implications of the Taliban Takeover’. The hearing was organised to assess the situation in Afghanistan, what action may be taken by the US to alleviate the economic and humanitarian crisis in …


EU Parliament calls for Lebanon, Afghanistan, UAE & Cuba sanctions

The EU Parliament has adopted resolutions calling for targeted sanctions against individuals and entities responsible for situations in Lebanon, Afghanistan, the UAE and Cuba: Resolution 2021/2878 (RSP) calls for the EU to impose sanctions on all those who fulfil the criteria of the recently adopted Lebanon sanctions framework in response to the “political, economic, social, financial and health crisis” in …

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Current Sanctions



Council Regulation (EU) No 753/2011

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) No 753/2011

Amended by:

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 968/2011

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1049/2011

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 263/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 543/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 643/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 705/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1139/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1244/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 86/2013

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 261/2013

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 451/2013

Council Regulation (EU) No 517/2013

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 261/2014

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 263/2014

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1057/2014

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1322

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2043

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1736

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/404

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/648

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/279


Council Decision 2011/486/CFSP

Parent Decision

Council Decision 2011/486/CFSP

Amended by:

Council Implementing Decision 2011/639/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2011/698/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2012/167/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2012/334/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2012/393/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2012/454/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2012/745/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2012/809/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2013/73/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2013/145/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2013/219/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2014/140/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2014/142/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2014/701/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/1332

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/2054

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2016/1748

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/416

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/656

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2019/285

The Afghanistan (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/948)