By Maya Lester KC & Michael O’Kane

Sanctions Profile: Lebanon

At a glance

UN sanctions on Lebanon were first introduced in 2005 by UN Security Council Resolution 1636. They imposed a travel ban and asset freeze on people suspected of being involved in the planning, sponsoring, organising or perpetrating the terrorist bombing in Beirut (14 February 2005) that killed 23 people, including former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.

In July 2021, the EU adopted Council Regulation (EU) 2021/1275 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1277 to establish a new sanctions framework to address the deteriorating financial, economic, social and political situation in Lebanon.

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EU implements UN sanctions humanitarian exemption & amends Somalia sanctions regime

The European Council has implemented the humanitarian exemption to UN sanctions set out by UNSC Resolution 2664 (2022) with respect to its Somalia, CAR, Yemen, Haiti, Iraq and Lebanon (assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri) sanctions regimes. See previous post. Council Decision (CFSP) 2023/338 and Council Regulation (EU) 2023/331. Under the exemption, the making available of funds or economic …

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EU renews Lebanon sanctions framework for 12 months

The EU has renewed its Lebanon sanctions framework for 12 months until 31 July 2023. Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/1314 & Press Release. The framework was adopted in July 2021 and provides for sanctions on people and entities “responsible for undermining democracy or the rule of law in Lebanon” (previous post). No designations have been made under the authority.


US announces Lebanon & Iran-related designations

Lebanon On 28 October 2021, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Lebanese businessmen Jihad al-Arab and Dany Khoury, as well as Jamil Sayyed, Member of Lebanon’s Parliament, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13441. According to OFAC’s Press Release, they have “each personally profited from the pervasive corruption and cronyism in Lebanon, enriching themselves at the …

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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 & US renew sanctions & export regimes & third countries align with EU sanctions

Over the past month, several sanctions regimes and related regulations have been renewed around the world: The US renewed its Export Control Regulations until 17 August 2021 by continuing the national emergency as declared in Executive Order 13222 (Notice); The UN Security Council adopted: resolution 2590, which renewed its Mali sanctions regime until 31 August 2022 (Press Release); and resolution …

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Current Sanctions


Consolidated - Arms Embargo

Council Regulation (EC) No 1412/2006

Parent Regulation - Arms Embargo

Council Regulation (EC) No 1412/2006

Amended by:

Commission Regulation (EC) No 690/2007

Council Regulation (EU) No 555/2010

Council Regulation (EU) No 517/2013

Common Position - Arms Embargo

Common Position 2006/625/CFSP

Consolidated - Assassination of Former PM Hariri

Council Regulation (EC) No 305/2006

Parent Regulation - Assassination of Former PM Hariri

Council Regulation (EC) No 305/2006

Amended by:

Council Regulation (EC) No 1791/2006

Council Regulation (EU) No 517/2013

Council Regulation (EU) 2021/1275

Common Position - Assassination of Former PM Hariri

Common Position 2005/888/CFSP


Council Regulation (EU) 2021/1275

Amended by:

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) 2021/1275

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/595


Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1277

Parent Decision

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1277

Amended by:

Council Decision (CFSP) 2022/1314

The Lebanon (Sanctions) (Assassination of Rafiq Hariri and others) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/617)

The Lebanon (Sanctions) (Overseas Territories) Order 2020, SI 2020/1124

The Lebanon (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/612)

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