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.

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The EU implemented the UN’s sanctions by Common Position 2005/888/CFSP and Council Regulation (EC) No 305/2006. There are no autonomous EU sanctions in force on Lebanon.

In 2006, the UN also introduced an arms embargo and ban on the provision of related services, by UN Security Council Resolution 1701. The intention of the measures was to assist the Lebanese government in exercising full sovereignty over its territory and ensure no weapons are in the country without its consent. The EU implemented these measures by Common Position 2006/625/CFSP and Council Regulation (EC) No 1412/2006.

Summary of Current UN Sanctions:

General

  • Arms embargo

Targeted

  • Asset freeze
  • Travel ban

Designation Criteria

All individuals designated by the Commission or the Government of Lebanon as suspected of involvement in the planning, sponsoring, organising or perpetrating of the terrorist attack in Beirut (14 February 2005).

Summary of Current EU Sanctions:

General

  • Arms embargo

Targeted

  • Asset freeze
  • Travel ban

Designation Criteria

People and entities designated by the UN Sanctions Committee, established pursuant to UNSC Resolution 1636 (2005), on suspicion of involvement in the terrorist attack in Beirut (14 February 2005).

 

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UK passes Sanctions (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019

The UK has passed the Sanctions (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/26, which make amendments to a number of EU sanctions regimes to ensure (inter alia) that they continue to apply within the UK after Brexit. The Regulations will come into force on exit day.

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Current Sanctions

EU UK

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

Common Position - Assassination of Former PM Hariri

Common Position 2005/888/CFSP

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (Commencement No 1) Regulations 2018

Sanctions Review Procedure (EU Exit) Regulations 2018

Sanctions (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019