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 to start naval patrols to enforce Libya arms embargo

In January 2020 at the Berlin Conference on Libya and in February 2020, the EU’s Foreign Affairs Ministers agreed to conduct an operation to patrol the Eastern Mediterranean Sea in order to enforce the UN Security Council arms embargo on Libya, which has been repeatedly violated (see statement and post). Yesterday (26 March), the EU agreed to launch Operation Irini …

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NCA & OFSI red alert for Libyan Arab African Investment company

The UK’s National Crime Agency, in conjunction with OFSI, has issued a red alert in relation to financial sanctions in force against the Libyan Arab African Investment Company (LAAICO), also known as Libyan Arab Investment Company (LAICO), which operates a number of hotels on the African continent. OFSI has seen a recent increase in transactions to these hotels. This red …

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US extends Libya sanctions for 1 year

In 2011, the US adopted Executive Order 13566, which declared a national emergency in respect of Libya. President Trump is extending these sanctions for 1 year by continuing the national emergency as declared, as “measures are needed to protect against the diversion of assets or other abuses” by the Qadhafi family, their associates, and other persons “hindering Libyan national reconciliation”. …

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EU to launch maritime & aerial operation to enforce Libya arms embargo

The EU’s Foreign Affairs Ministers have agreed to launch Operation EU Active Surveillance to enforce the UN Security Council arms embargo on Libya (see post). The operation will deploy warships, planes and satellites to patrol an area to the East of the Mediterranean Sea, approximately 60 miles off the Libyan coast, which is the main route for transporting weapons into …

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UNSC Resolution – sanctions for breaching Libya ceasefire or arms embargo

The UN Security Council has adopted Resolution 2510 (2020) by 14 votes (Russia abstaining), which endorses the conclusions of the Berlin Conference on Libya (19 January, see post). Alongside a permanent ceasefire in Libya, the Resolution calls on member states to share intelligence and for the UN Panel of Experts to report on breaches of the arms embargo, and for …

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Current Sanctions

EU UK

Consolidated

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

Consolidated

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