Sanctions Profile: Belarus

At a glance

EU sanctions on Belarus were first imposed in 2004 by Common Position 2004/661/CFSP in response to the “continuing deterioration of democracy, the rule of law, and human rights in Belarus”, and comprised a travel ban on listed people.

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Canada adds 31 Belarusian officials to its sanctions list

Canada has amended the Special Economic Measures (Belarus) Regulations to impose sanctions against an additional 31 Belarusian officials in a coordinated action with the EU (see post). Canada originally listed 11 officials in September 2020 (see post). It has now designated the same 40 officials as the EU, as well as Alexander Lukashenko and his son Viktor. See Regulations Amending …


Switzerland joins the EU in imposing Belarus sanctions

Switzerland has added the same 40 Belarusian officials as the EU to its sanctions list for their roles “in the repression and intimidation campaign in the wake of the 2020 presidential election”, and/or misconduct in the electoral process (see post). The officials will be subject to asset freezing measures, and banned from entering or transiting through Switzerland. The sanctions came …


EU preparing sanctions for Navalny poisoning & on Lukashenko

Josep Borrell (EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs) said at a meeting of the EU Foreign Affairs Council yesterday (12 October 2020) that EU Ministers of Foreign Affairs have agreed: to start preparing more sanctions on Belarus, to include Alexander Lukashenko (we reported yesterday that EU had adopted conclusions); and to enact in EU sanctions the listing proposals put forward …

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EU warns of sanctions on Lukashenko & Belarusian entities

The EU has adopted conclusions on Belarus, which condemn the violence employed by Belarusian authorities against peaceful protesters, and call for the release of all arbitrarily detained people. The conclusions state the EU’s “readiness to take further restrictive measures against entities and high-ranking officials, including Alexander Lukashenko if the situation does not improve”. The EU listed 40 Belarusian officials on …


US adds 25 Belarus officials to sanctions list

In a coordinated action with the EU (see post), the US has imposed sanctions on 25 Belarusian officials involved in the falsification of the 2020 presidential elections and subsequent human rights violations targeting peaceful protesters. OFAC has listed 8 of those officials, 5 of whom were also designated by the UK (see post), under Executive Order 13405 (asset freeze). Pursuant …


Current Sanctions



Council Regulation (EC) No 765/2006

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EC) No 765/2006

Amended by:

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1587/2006

Council Regulation (EC) No 1791/2006

Council Regulation (EC) No 646/2008

Council Regulation (EU) No 84/2011

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 271/2011

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 505/2011

Council Regulation (EU) No 588/2011

Council Regulation (EU) No 999/2011

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1000/2011

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1320/2011

Council Regulation (EU) No 114/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 170/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 265/2012

Council Regulation (EU) No 354/2012

Council Regulation (EU) No 1014/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1017/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 494/2013

Council Regulation (EU) No 517/2013

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1054/2013

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 46/2014

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 740/2014

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1159/2014

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2015/1133

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 2015/1326

Council Regulation (EU) 2015/1948

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1949

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/276

Council Regulation (EU) 2016/277

Council Regulation (EU) 2017/331

Council Regulation (EU) 2018/275


Council Decision 2012/642/CFSP


Council Decision 2012/642/CFSP

Amended by:

Council Implementing Decision 2013/248/CFSP

Council Decision 2013/308/CFSP

Council Decision 2013/534/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2014/24/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2014/439/CFSP

Council Decision 2014/750/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/1142

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/1335

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1957

Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/280

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/350

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/280

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/325

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/214

The Belarus (Asset-Freezing) Regulations 2013 (SI 2013/164)

The Belarus (Asset-Freezing) (Amendment) Regulations (SI 2016/504)