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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EU designates Yevgeniy Prigozhin for violating Libya arms embargo

The EU has added Russian businessman Yevgeniy Prigozhin to its Libya sanctions list (asset freeze and travel ban) for “engaging in and providing support for acts that threaten the peace, security or stability of Libya, including through violations of the UN arms embargo”. The UK has also designated Mr Prigozhin, see Notice and press release. Mr Prigozhin has “close links, …

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EU delists 2 from Libya sanctions

The EU has removed from its Libya sanctions list Agila Saleh Issa Gwaider, speaker of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives, and Nuri Abu Sahmain, former president of the “internationally unrecognised” General National Congress of Libya. They will no longer be subject to EU-wide travel bans and asset freezes, which were originally imposed in April 2016 (see post). The delisting of …


EU adds 5 to Libya sanctions

The EU has imposed sanctions on 2 people responsible for human rights abuses in Libya, and 3 entities involved in violating the arms embargo on Libya. The sanctions comprise an asset freeze, travel ban, and a prohibition on making funds available to those designated. See Council Regulation (EU) 2020/1309, Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/1310, and press release. Mahmoud Mustafa Busayf …


Third countries align with 6 EU sanctions regimes

In July 2020, the EU Council adopted: Decision (CFSP) 2020/1126, which added French national Bryan D’Ancona to its autonomous sanctions regime targeting those associated with Al-Qaida and ISIL (Da’esh); Decision (CFSP) 2020/1132, which updated the EU sanctions list targeting people and entities involved in terrorist acts; Decision (CFSP) 2020/1136, which renewed for 1 year the EU’s autonomous sanctions against North …

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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, …


Current Sanctions


Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1385

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1380


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) 2019/1292

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/371

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1130

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1309

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

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1137

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/1310

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