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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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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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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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

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) 2021/1275

Parent Decision

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)