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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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.

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OFAC designates Lebanese party leader for corruption

OFAC has listed Gibran Bassil, the President of the Free Patriotic Movement, a Lebanese political party reportedly allied with Hezbollah, and a Member of Parliament, pursuant to Executive Order 13818 (Global Magnitsky sanctions) for his alleged role in corruption. See Notice. The press release says that Mr Bassil’s government appointments have been “marked by significant allegations of corruption”. In his …

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UK issues guidance on 4 sanctions regimes

The UK government has published guidance relating to the following 4 sanctions regimes: The Cyber (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020, Guidance; Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020, Guidance; Lebanon (Sanctions) (Assassination of Rafiq Hariri and others) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020, Guidance; and Nicaragua (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020, Guidance. The guidance covers best practice for compliance with prohibitions …

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UK publishes new immigration & Overseas Territories sanctions regulations

The UK government has passed the following: The Immigration (Persons Designated under Sanctions Regulations) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020, SI 1101/2020, which pertain to cases where a designated person is subject to a travel ban, but is lawfully in the UK. It provides that the person has 20 working days to make an immigration claim in the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, …

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OFAC designates 2 Hezbollah officials

OFAC has listed Nabil Qaouk and Hassan al-Baghdadi under Executive Order 13224 (terrorism-related sanctions) on the basis that they are leaders or officials of Hezbollah. See Notice. OFAC’s press release says that both Mr Qaouk and Mr al-Baghdadi serve on Hezbollah’s Central Council, which elects members of the Shura Council, Hezbollah’s highest decision-making body. They have reportedly participated in political events, …

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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

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)