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 regime to address the deteriorating financial, economic, social and political situation in Lebanon.

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EU adopts Lebanon sanctions framework

The Council of the EU has announced that it has adopted a framework for targeted sanctions against people and entities “responsible for undermining democracy or the rule of law in Lebanon”. This follows the EU Foreign Affairs Council’s 12 July 2021 decision to establish a new sanctions regime for Lebanon (see previous post). Under the framework, people and entities may …


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

In recent weeks, multiple sanctions regimes have been renewed around the world: The US renewed its regimes in respect of Hong Kong, Lebanon, Mali and transnational criminal organisations for 1 year by continuing the national emergencies as declared; and The EU adopted Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1188 which renewed the “EU terrorist list” (Press Release), and Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1144 …

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EU to establish Lebanon sanctions regime by end of July 2021

Yesterday (12 July 2021), the EU Foreign Affairs Council decided to establish a new sanctions regime targeting the Lebanese leaders responsible for the country’s “political stalemate”, economic crisis and the “suffering” of the Lebanese people. According to High Representative Josep Borrell, it is intended that the legal framework for the new regime be completed by the end of July 2021. …


BIS adds 34 entities to Entity List and 1 entity to MEU List

The US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has added 34 entities (under 43 entries) to its Entity List. The entities are located in Canada, China, Iran, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, the UAE and the UK. The 14 Chinese entities listed are said to be “implicated” in human rights abuses committed …

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UK issues Lebanon sanctions guidance

The UK government has published guidance on Lebanon (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020, which will come into force after the transition period at 11pm on 31 December 2020. The guidance covers best practice for compliance with prohibitions and requirements imposed by the regulations, enforcement, licensing, and circumstances where the regulations do not apply. See here for more guidance on UK sanctions regimes.


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 Decision (CFSP) 2021/1277

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)