Sanctions Profile: Syria

At a glance

In 2005, by UNSC Resolution 1636, the UN Security Council imposed travel bans and asset freezes on people suspected of being involved in the 14 February 2005 terrorist bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, in which Syria was implicated by a UN report. The EU implemented those measures by adopting Council Common Position 2005/888/CFSP and Council Regulation (EC) No 305/2006. See the European Commission’s Guidance and FAQs for further details on these sanctions.

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EU Commission guidance on Covid-19 humanitarian aid & Syria sanctions

The European Commission is publishing guidance on how Covid-19-related humanitarian aid and medical assistance can be delivered to places that are subject to EU sanctions. The first is a Commission Notice on Syria. The guidance answers numerous questions about the definition of humanitarian relief, opening bank accounts for humanitarian aid purposes, whether organisations can liase with designated people if necessary, …

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OFAC fact sheet on humanitarian assistance to designated countries

OFAC has published a fact sheet to highlight the most relevant exemptions, exceptions, and authorisations for humanitarian assistance and trade, with a particular focus on Covid-19-related humanitarian and PPE supplies, under the Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, Syria, Cuba, and Ukraine/Russia-related? sanctions programs. Among other international actors, the UN and EU have recently called for the US to clarify its humanitarian aid sanctions exemptions (see post and post), …

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EU Council declaration on Syria chemical weapons sanctions

The EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell has made a Declaration following the first report of the Investigations and Identification Team to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The report found that the Syrian Arab Air Force had used chemical weapons in 3 instances in March 2017. The Declaration says the EU has previous imposed sanctions …

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US Treasury statement on humanitarian aid to sanctioned countries

The US Treasury has issued a statement emphasising its support for the flow of humanitarian aid to countries affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, and reiterating its broad exemptions for medical supplies and equipment to countries including Iran, Venezuela, Syria and North Korea. For transactions not already exempt through existing general and specific licences, OFAC says it is prepared to issue …

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UN Special Rapporteur for food calls for immediate sanctions relief

Hilal Elver, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, has called for the immediate lifting of sanctions on Syria, Venezuela, Iran, Cuba and Zimbabwe, as such measures “severely undermine the ordinary citizens’ fundamental right to sufficient and adequate food” in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Special Rapporter issued a statement saying that countries under unilateral economic sanctions are …

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Current Sanctions

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Consolidated Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) No 36/2012

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) No 36/2012

Amended by:

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 55/2012

Council Regulation (EU) No 168/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 266/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 410/2012

Council Regulation (EU) No 509/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2012/544/CFSP

Council Regulation (EU) No 545/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 673/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 742/2012

Council Regulation (EU) No 867/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 944/2012

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1117/2012

Council Regulation (EU) No 325/2013

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 363/2013

Council Regulation (EU) No 517/2013

Council Regulation (EU) No 697/2013

Council Regulation (EU) No 1332/2013

Council Regulation (EU) No 124/2014

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 578/2014

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 693/2014

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 793/2014

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1013/2014

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1105/2014

Council Regulation (EU) No 1323/2014

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/108

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/375

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/780

Council Regulation (EU) 2015/827

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/828

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/961

Council Regulation (EU) 2015/1828

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/2350

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/840

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1735

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1893

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1984

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1996

Council Regulation (EU) 2016/2137

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/480

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/907

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1241

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1327

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1751

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/282

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/420

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/774

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/85

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/350

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/798

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/211

Consolidated

Council Decision 2013/255/CFSP

Parent Decision

Council Decision 2013/255/CFSP

Amended by:

Council Decision 2013/760/CFSP

Council Decision 2014/74/CFSP

Council Decision 2014/309/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2014/387/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2014/488/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2014/678/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2014/730/CFSP

Council Decision 2014/901/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/117

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/383

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/784

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/837

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/973

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1836

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/2359

Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/850

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2016/1746

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2016/1897

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2016/1985

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2016/2000

Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/2144

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/485

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/917

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/1245

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/1341

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/284

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/421

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/778

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2019/87

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2019/351

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/806

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/212

The Syria (European Union Financial Sanctions) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2012

The Export Control (Syria Sanctions) Order 2013

The Syria (European Union Financial Sanctions) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 (SI 2013/877)

The Syria (European Union Financial Sanctions) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/129)