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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OFAC issues new FAQs on Syria secondary sanctions

OFAC has issued 2 new Frequently Asked Questions in respect of US sanctions on Syria following the US’ recent pledge of additional humanitarian assistance to the Syrian population. Notice here. FAQ 884 advises that non-US persons, including non-governmental organisations and foreign financial institutions, do not risk exposure to secondary sanctions under the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2019 if …

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UK adds 6 Syrian nationals to sanctions list

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has listed 2 businessmen and 4 officials under The Syria (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019. This is the first time that the UK has used its autonomous sanctions regime to target Syrian nationals. Press release here. The following officials have been listed for their roles in repressing the Syrian population: Faisal Al-Miqdad (Minister …

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EU renews 2 sanctions regimes & third countries align with Syria sanctions

In February 2021, the EU Council adopted: Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/138 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/142, which renew the EU’s terrorist sanctions list imposing asset freezing measures on those determined to have been “involved in terrorist acts”. See press release. Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/339 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/353, which renewed the EU’s sanctions in respect of Belarus …

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OFAC agrees $500k settlement with digital currency processing company

OFAC has announced that BitPay, a digital currency payments processing company based in Atlanta, Georgia, has agreed to pay $507,375 to settle its civil liability for 2,102 violations of multiple US sanctions regimes. Between June 2013 and September 2018, customers in sanctioned jurisdictions, namely the Crimea region of Ukraine, Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Sudan, and Syria were able to make …

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EU designates the Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs

The EU Council has added Faisal Mekdad, the Syrian Foreign Affairs minister to its sanctions list, on the grounds that, as a government minister, he “shares responsibility for the Syrian regime’s violent repression against the Syrian people”. Mr Mekdad is now subject to an asset freeze and travel ban. A total of 289 people, and 70 entities are currently designated …

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Current Sanctions

EU UK

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

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/718

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1505

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1649

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/29

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

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/719

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/1506

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/1651

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2021/30

The Syria (United Nations Sanctions) (Cultural Property) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/1233)

Syria (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/792)