Sanctions Profile: Eritrea

At a glance

UN sanctions on Eritrea were first introduced in December 2009 by UN Security Council Resolution 1907.

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The sanctions imposed an arms embargo on Eritrea, as well as targeted measures (travel ban and asset freeze) on people including the Eritrean political and military leadership, and governmental and parastatal actors and entities privately owned by Eritrean nationals living in or outside Eritrean territory. The EU, which implemented the UN sanctions regime in March 2010, does not impose autonomous measures under the sanctions.

In November 2018, following the “historic rapprochements in the Horn of Africa”, the UN lifted all of its sanctions against Eritrea by adopting UNSC Resolution 2444 (2018). The EU implemented this UN action, in December 2018, by adopting Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1944 and Council Regulation (EU) 2018/1932. As a result, there are currently no UN or EU sanctions in force against Eritrea.

 

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EU implements UN’s lifting of Eritrea sanctions

Last month (14 November), the UN Security Council adopted UNSC Resolution 2444 (2018), which terminated with immediate effect all UN sanctions against Eritrea (arms embargo, asset freezes and travel bans). Last week (10 December), the EU implemented this UN action by adopting Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1944 and Council Regulation (EU) 2018/1932.

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UN lifts Eritrea sanctions & renews arms embargo on Somalia

Earlier this week (14 November), the UN Security Council adopted UNSC Resolution 2444 (2018), which (inter alia): 1.      Lifts the UN arms embargo, travel bans and asset freezes imposed on Eritrea; and 2.      Renews the UN arms embargo against Somalia.

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Current Sanctions

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Consolidated

Council Regulation (EU) No 667/2010

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) No 667/2010

Amended by:

Council Regulation (EU) No 942/2012

Council Regulation (EU) No 517/2013

Council Regulation (EU) 2018/1932

Consolidated

Council Decision 2010/127/CFSP

Parent Decision

Council Decision 2010/127/CFSP

Amended by:

Council Decision 2010/414/CFSP

Council Decision 2012/632/CFSP

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1944

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (Commencement No 1) Regulations 2018

Sanctions Review Procedure (EU Exit) Regulations 2018