By Maya Lester KC & Michael O’Kane

Sanctions Profile: Human Rights

At a glance

In December 2020, the EU adopted Council Regulation (EU) 2020/1998 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1999 to establish a new sanctions regime to address serious human rights abuses worldwide.

In July 2020, the UK adopted the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020 under the Sanctions and Money Laundering Act 2018 to deter and provide accountability for activities which if carried out by or on behalf of a State, would amount to a serious violation of certain human rights.

In November 2021, the European Parliament published a comparative briefing on US, Canadian, UK and EU human rights sanctions. This is available here and in the EU Guidance section of this site.

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UK, EU & Australia designate Iranian nationals & entities

The UK, EU and Australia today added numerous Iranian nationals & entities to their sanctions lists. UK The UK has added 7 people to its Iran (human rights) sanctions list, including 5 members of the IRGC Co-operative Foundation Board of Directors, the body responsible for managing the IRGC’s investments, and 2 senior IRGC commanders operating in Tehran and Alborz provinces …

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US de-lists former Kazakh Sberbank subsidiary & designates 6 linked to trial of Russian activist

On 8 March 2023, OFAC de-listed a former Kazakh subsidiary of Sberbank, previously Subsidiary Bank Sberbank of Russia Joint Stock Co., from its Russia sanctions list. The company was initially designated on 6 April 2022. Press Release. It has since been sold to National Managing Holding Co. Baiterek, which is owned by the Kazakh government, and renamed Bereke Bank Joint …

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EU designates 12 over violence against women and girls

The EU has added 9 people and 3 entities alleged to be involved in sexual and gender-based violence to its human rights sanctions list. Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/500 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2023/501. Press Release & Remarks. Those listed: Afghan nationals: Neda Mohammed Nadeem (acting Taliban Minister for Higher Education) and Sheikh Muhammad Khalid Hanafi (acting Taliban Minister for …

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EU adopts 10th package of Russia sanctions

The EU has adopted a 10th package of sanctions on Russia. Council Press Release, Press Release & Press Release, European Commission Press Release & Q&A. The legal acts are: Council Regulation (EU) 2023/426; Council Regulation (EU) 2023/427; Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/428; Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/429; Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/430; Council Decision (CFSP) 2023/431; Council Decision (CFSP) 2023/432; …

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Australia adds to Myanmar, human rights & Russia sanctions lists

In response to human rights abuses in Myanmar and Iran, as well as the supply of Iranian drones to Russia, Australia has designated several people and entities under its Myanmar, human rights and Russia sanctions regimes. Press Release & Conference. Myanmar Pursuant to the Autonomous Sanctions (Designated and Declared Persons – Myanmar) Amendment Instrument 2023, Australia has listed: 16 members …

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Current Sanctions



Council Regulation (EU) 2020/1998

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) 2020/1998

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/371

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/478

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/2151

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/2195

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/430

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/500


Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1999

Parent Regulation

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1999

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/372

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/481

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/2160

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/2197

Council Decision (CFSP) 2023/433

Council Decision (CFSP) 2023/501

The Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020

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