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.

Subscribe for full access


EU designates Wagner Group & linked people/entities

The EU has imposed sanctions on the Wagner Group, a Russian private military organisation, as well as 8 people and 3 entities for their involvement in serious human rights abuses in, and the destabilisation of, Ukraine, Syria, Libya, the Central African Republic (CAR), Sudan and Mozambique. Press Release. Foreign Affairs Council Outcomes. Listed on the EU’s human rights sanctions list: …

Human RightsHuman Rights LibyaLibya RussiaRussia SyriaSyria

UK Parliament debates human rights sanctions

On 8 December 2021, the UK Parliament held a Westminster Hall debate, ‘Magnitsky Sanctions: Human Rights Abuses’. Recording. MPs discussed human rights situations in China, Iran, Sudan, Rwanda, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong, and recommended a list of people to be designated pursuant to the UK’s human rights sanctions regime. Those suggested include: Chen Quanguo, Zhu Hailun, Peng Jiarui, Sun …

Human RightsHuman Rights

UK Myanmar and human rights designations

Today (10 December 2021), the UK added the Myanmar Directorate for Defence Procurement, Directorate for Defence Industries, Quarter Master General Office and the Myanmar War Veterans Organisation to its sanctions list. Notice & Press Release. The latter 3 entities were also designated by the US today. See post. In addition, the UK imposed sanctions on Furqan Bangalzai, who is said to …

Human RightsHuman Rights Burma / MyanmarBurma / Myanmar

US corruption and human rights designations

The US imposed sanctions on numerous people and entities this week for their involvement in corruption and/or human rights abuses. The designations were made ahead of/on International Anti-Corruption Day, International Human Rights Day and the Summit for Democracy. The US also issued its ‘Strategy on Countering Corruption’ on 6 December (previous post). 6 December 2021 OFAC designated Alain Mukonda and …

CorruptionCorruption Human RightsHuman Rights IranIran SyriaSyria LiberiaLiberia UkraineUkraine ChinaChina North KoreaNorth Korea South SudanSouth Sudan Burma / MyanmarBurma / Myanmar BelarusBelarus

EU human rights and Ukraine de-listings

The EU has de-listed the deceased former leader of the Kaniyat Militia, Mohammed Khalifa al-Kani. Mr al-Kani was designated by the EU in March 2021; he continues to be listed on US and UK sanctions lists. See previous post, post and post. Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/2151 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/2160. Oleksandr Viktorovych Klymenko has been removed from the …

Human RightsHuman Rights UkraineUkraine

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 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

The Global Human Rights Sanctions Regulations 2020