Sanctions Profile: Libya

At a glance

UN sanctions on Libya were first imposed in 2011, by UN Security Council Resolution 1970. They originally consisted of an arms embargo, along with targeted travel bans and asset freezes.

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OFAC adds 5 to Libya sanctions list

OFAC has listed 3 Libyan nationals, 1 Malta-based entity and 1 vessel, described as a network of smugglers, pursuant to Executive Order 13726 (asset freeze and travel ban) for contributing to instability in Libya. Faysal al-Wadi is said to run a “trafficking operation” which smuggles fuel from, and transports illicit drugs through, the Libyan port of Zuwarah to Hurd’s Bank, …


Germany, France & Italy warn foreign actors of Libya sanctions

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Prime Minister of Italy Giuseppe Conte, and French President Emmanuel Macron have released a joint statement which urges “all Libyan parties and their foreign supporters” to immediately cease fighting, and requests foreign actors end their “increasing interference”, and respect the arms embargo imposed by the UN Security Council. The statement says the 3 countries are “ready …


US warns of sanctions on those involved in Libya conflict

The US Embassy in Libya has warned that parties in the Libyan conflict “which undermine Libya’s economy and cling to military escalation will face isolation and risk of sanctions”. The statement follows reports of foreign mercenaries’ presence in the Libyan National Oil Corporation’s facilities, preventing the flow and export of oil, and that banking audits are being obstructed, which is …


UNSC renews authorisation to inspect vessels violating Libya arms embargo

The UN Security Council has adopted Resolution 2526 (2020), which renews for 1 year a series of authorisations which allow states, acting nationally or through regional organisations, to inspect vessels on the high seas off the coast of Libya which are suspected of violating the UN arms embargo. The measures were first agreed in Resolution 2292 (2016). Press release.


Maltese authorities charge 5 people with violating EU Libya sanctions

5 people have been charged by the Maltese Police Anti-Terrorism Unit for breaching EU sanctions on Libya (Council Regulation (EU) 2016/44): James Fenech, and his employees Bertrand Agius, Konrad Agius, Charles Bugeja, and Michael Cauchi. Via Mr Fenech’s Maltese-registered company, they are alleged to have exported 2 rigid hull inflatable boats without licence authorisation in June 2019 to Libya. The …


Current Sanctions



Council Regulation (EU) 2016/44

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) 2016/44

Amended by:

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/466

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/690

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/819

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1334

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1687

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1752

Council Regulation (EU) 2017/488

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/489

Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1325

Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1419

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1423

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1456

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1974

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2006

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2260

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/126

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/166

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/200

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/711

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/870

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1073

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1245

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1285

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1863

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/371

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1292

Council Regulation (EU) 2018/2004


Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333

Parent Decision

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333

Amended by:

Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/478

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2016/694

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2016/816

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2016/1340

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2016/1694

Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/1755

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/497

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/621

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1338

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1427

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/1429

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/1458

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1776

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/1976

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/2008

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/2265

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/132

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/167

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/203

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/476

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/713

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/872

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/1086

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/1250

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/1290

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1465

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/1868

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/2012

Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1299

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/374

The Libya (European Union Financial Sanctions) Regulations 2016 (SI 2016/45)

The Libya (Asset-Freezing) Regulations 2011

The Libya (Asset-Freezing) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

The Libya (Asset-Freezing) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/56)

The Libya (Financial Sanctions) Order 2011

The Export Control (Libya Sanctions) Order 2016