By Maya Lester KC & Michael O’Kane

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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Non-EU countries align with the extension of EU operation IRINI

On 10 July 2023, The EU extended until 30 November 2023 the life of EUNAVFOR MED IRINI, the EU naval operation implementing the UN arms embargo on Libya (previous post, Council Regulation (EU) 2023/1433, Council Decision (CFSP) 2023/1439, Political and Security Committee Decision (CFSP) 2023/1556). Today, the candidate countries North Macedonia, Montenegro, Albania, Ukraine, Moldova and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the potential …


EU extends operation IRINI

The EU has extended until 30 November 2023 the life of EUNAVFOR MED IRINI, the EU naval operation implementing the UN arms embargo on Libya (Council Regulation (EU) 2023/1433, Council Decision (CFSP) 2023/1439, Political and Security Committee Decision (CFSP) 2023/1556). The operation, established in January 2020 (previous post), involves the inspection of vessels bound to or from Libya where there …


UN grants humanitarian travel exemption to Libya sanctions to three individuals

On 15 May 2023, the UN Libya Security Council Committee have granted a humanitarian travel exemption (press release), pursuant to paragraph 16(a) of resolution 1970 (2011), effective from 1 June through 30 November 2023, to the following three individuals: Safia Farkash Al-Barassi; Aisha Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar Qadhafi; and Mohammed Muammar Qadhafi. Accordingly, these three individuals may undertake unlimited travel for humanitarian purposes …


ECJ dismisses appeal against the annulment of Aisha El-Qaddafi’s Libya listing

The EU Court of Justice has dismissed an appeal brought by the European Council challenging the General Court’s decision to annul the 2017 and 2020 acts (implementing UN listings) maintaining the listing of Aisha Muammer Mohamed El-Qaddafi, the daughter of the late Colonel Qaddafi (also Gaddafi), on the EU’s Libya sanctions list. Cases C-413/21 P and T-322/19. See previous post. …


EU implements UN sanctions humanitarian exemption for 8 sanctions regimes

The EU has implemented the humanitarian exemption to UN sanctions set out by UNSC Resolution 2664 (2022) in respect of its Iran, DRC, Sudan, South Sudan, Libya, North Korea, terrorism and Mali sanctions regimes. In February 2023, the EU introduced the exemption to its Somalia, CAR, Yemen, Haiti, Iraq and Lebanon (assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri) sanctions regimes. …

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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 Regulation (EU) 2018/2004

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 Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1380

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1481

Council Regulation (EU) 2021/1005

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1241

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1909

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1932

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/2192

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/183

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/1308

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/1502


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

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1385

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/1483

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1014

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1251

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2021/1910

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2021/1942

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2021/2198

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2022/189

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2022/1315

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2022/1509

The Libya (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/1665)

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