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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US renews sanctions on Lebanon for 1 year

In 2007, the US adopted Executive Order 13441, which declared a national emergency in respect of Lebanon. The Order imposed asset freezes on persons which (inter alia) undermined “Lebanon’s legitimate and democratically elected government or democratic institutions”. President Trump is extending these sanctions for 1 year by continuing the national emergency as declared, due to […]


OFAC lists Lebanese narcotics trafficker under Kingpin Act

OFAC has designated a Lebanese individual, Kassem Chams and the Chams Money Laundering Organisation as specially designated foreign narcotics traffickers pursuant to the US Kingpin Act (asset freeze). His company, Chams Exchange, a money service business, was also designated.   Chams is described as operating an “international money laundering network” which “launders drug proceeds throughout […]

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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


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

The Lebanon and Syria (Asset Freezing) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/1517)