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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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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OFAC issues specific licence to allow humanitarian transactions in Afghanistan

On 25 August 2021, the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued a specific licence authorising the US government and its contractors to engage in humanitarian transactions in Afghanistan otherwise prohibited by sanctions targeting the Taliban. Until 1 March 2022, the licence allows the government and its partners to support the delivery of food, medicine, medical services (including …


US humanitarian aid to be consistent with sanctions on Taliban

In his Remarks to the Press on Monday 30 August 2021, the US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken said that, as a result of US sanctions on the Taliban, US humanitarian aid to Afghanistan will flow through independent organisations, such as UN agencies or NGOs, rather than the government.

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OFSI issues Afghanistan guidance for financial institutions and NGOs

Given that certain people/entities associated with the Taliban are listed under both the UN Afghanistan sanctions regime and the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida sanctions regime, HM Treasury’s Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) has issued guidance for financial institutions and NGOs currently engaging/considering engaging in financial activity in relation to Afghanistan. OFSI recommends that those operating in relation to Afghanistan: …

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Sanctions & Afghanistan: BBC radio & TV interviews with Maya Lester QC

See below for BBC radio and TV interviews Maya Lester QC discussing sanctions relating to Afghanistan & the Taliban. Both are available on the Podcasts section of this site. BBC Radio 4: ‘BBC Radio 4 Today – 24/08/2021’ (17:06-21:33 minutes). BBC World News:

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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)