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.Show full details
In 2011, UN sanctions relating to Afghanistan were split into two regimes by UN Security Council Resolutions 1988 and 1989 – one targeting ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida, and the other relating to the Taliban. The ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida measures are discussed in greater detail on the Terrorism Sanctions page.
The EU implemented UN sanctions relating to Afghanistan in 1999 by Council Common Position 1999/727/CFSP, followed by Council Regulation (EC) No 337/2000. In 2011, the EU implemented the split in UN sanctions. It implemented the Afghanistan specific sanctions, which target the Taliban, under Council Regulation (EU) No 753/2011 and Council Decision 2011/486/CFSP and repurposed the existing regime (Council Regulation (EC) No 881/2002) to target only Al-Qaida. The EU does not impose its own autonomous sanctions on Afghanistan.
Summary of Current UN Sanctions:
People and entities designated prior to the adoption of UNSC Resolution 1988 as the Taliban, and other people and entities associated with the Taliban in constituting a threat to the peace, stability, and security of Afghanistan. Acts or activities that make an individual or entity eligible for listing under the sanctions include:
Summary of Current EU Sanctions:
People and entities who:
The UK has passed the Sanctions (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/26, which make amendments to a number of EU sanctions regimes to ensure (inter alia) that they continue to apply within the UK after Brexit. The Regulations will come into force on exit day.
Earlier this month, the UN Security Council amended the listing of Mohammed Omar Ghulam Nabi under its Afghanistan sanctions by altering his UN designation date from 31 January 2001 to 12 April 2000. UN press release here. Today, the EU has implemented that UN amendment by adopting Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/656 and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) […]
Syria The EU has de-listed Hisham Ikhtiyar and Anisa Al-Assad from its sanctions on Syria, and deleted a duplicate entry for Major General Fahd (aka. Lt General Fahid). See Regulation 2016/1735 implementing Regulation 36/2012 and Decision 2016/1746 implementing Decision 2013/255/CFSP. Afghanistan The EU has amended the list of people and entities under its sanctions on […]
In order to implement decisions by the UN Security Council to amend its sanctions listings, the EU has added Torek Agha to its Afghanistan list and deleted Ali Ahmed Nur Jim’ale from its Somalia list. The US sanctioned Torek Agha in October for being “a long-standing Taliban member”, who had “been central to spearheading brutal […]
The EU has updated its Afghanistan, Libya, Belarus, and Counter-Terrorism sanctions regimes. Afghanistan The EU’s Afghanistan sanctions target people associated with the Taliban and who constitute a threat to the peace, stability, or security of the country. The EU has added Abdul Basir Noorzai and the entity Haji Basir and Zarjmil Company Hawala to its […]