By Maya Lester KC & Michael O’Kane

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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Eritrean General listed over Tigray human rights abuses

Yesterday (23 August 2021), the Chief of Staff of the Eritrean Defence Forces (EDF), General Filipos Woldeyohannes, has been designated by the US pursuant to Executive Order 13818 (Global Magnitsky sanctions) for being a “leader or official of an entity that is engaged in serious human rights abuse”. The EDF are said to be responsible for massacres, looting and sexual …


US visa restrictions announced in response to Tigray conflict

The US Secretary of State has introduced a visa restriction policy on Ethiopian and Eritrean officials who it considers “responsible for, or complicit in, undermining resolution of the crisis in Tigray”. Pursuant to section 212(a)(3)(C) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, current or former government officials, members of the security forces, Amhara regional and irregular forces, and the Tigray People’s …


Sanctions imposed over Uyghur abuses & other human rights violations

China The UK, the EU and Canada have imposed sanctions (asset freezing measures and travel bans) under their respective global human rights sanctions regimes on 4 senior Chinese officials and a state-run security body for serious human rights violations against Uyghurs and people from other minorities in the Xinjiang region in China. They are alleged to have been responsible for …

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US visa restrictions on 6 countries & updated compliance procedures

President Trump’s administration has announced the suspension of immigrant visas for nationals of Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Eritrea, and Nigeria for those seeking a permanent residence visa in the US. Diversity visas (visas for nationals of countries with historically low rates of US immigration) will be suspended for citizens of Sudan and Tanzania. The press release says that these states do not …

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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…. This content is for subscribers onlyTo continue reading please login or...

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Current Sanctions



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


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

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