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.

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Redress publishes UK human rights sanctions submission template

Redress, a UK-based NGO, has published a suggested template for the use of those who wish to make submissions to the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) suggesting designations under the Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020.

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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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UN High Commissioner concerns about sanctions impact

At the 48th session of the Human Rights Council on 16 September 2021, Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, called for governments to reassess and re-evaluate their use of sanctions. She: Noted the negative impact of over-broad sanctions on civilians not responsible for improper conduct, and the lack of due process in imposing sanctions; Said punitive restrictions on …

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European Parliament adopts Russia & China strategy resolutions

Today (16 September 2021), the EU Parliament has adopted a resolution on the ‘Direction of EU-Russia political relations’ which calls for a new EU strategy to promote democracy in Russia and changes to the EU sanctions on Russia. Press Release. The resolution recommends that the EU: Increase its ability to prepare/adopt human rights sanctions against Russian authorities, including oligarchs, President …

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China’s UK ambassador banned from parliament over sanctions on MPs & peers

Zheng Zeguang, China’s ambassador to the UK, has been banned from attending a reception in the UK Houses of Parliament by Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Speaker of the Commons, and Lord John McFall, the Lord Speaker in the upper house, in response to Chinese sanctions on 5 MPs and 2 peers (see post). The sanctions were imposed in March 2021 …

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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 Decision (CFSP) 2020/1999

Parent Regulation

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1999

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/372

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/481

The Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020