Sanctions Profile: Maldives

At a glance

In July 2018, the EU adopted a framework to impose targeted sanctions against the Maldives. They comprise an asset freeze and travel ban, and will target those undermining the rule of law or obstructing an inclusive political solution in the Maldives, as well as those linked with the commission of serious human rights violations.

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The sanctions are a direct follow up to the EU conclusions adopted in February 2018, in which the Council noted with concern the recent deterioration of the situation in the Maldives and condemned politically motivated arrests and interference with the work of the Maldivian Supreme Court and actions taken against the judiciary.

There are currently no listings under the EU’s sanctions regime, and the UN imposes no measures against the Maldives.

Summary of Current EU Sanctions:


  • Asset freeze
  • Travel ban

Designation Criteria

People and entities:

  1. undermining the rule of law or obstructing an inclusive political solution in the Maldives, including by acts of violence, repression or inciting violence;
  2. involved in planning, directing, or committing serious human rights violations or abuses; or
  3. associated with those referred to above.


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Current Sanctions


Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) 2018/1001

Parent Decision

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1006

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 (Commencement No 1) Regulations 2018

Sanctions Review Procedure (EU Exit) Regulations 2018