Sanctions Profile: Terrorism

At a glance

The UN imposes sanctions targeting terrorism under two regimes, one of which targets terrorist actors and organisations generally, and the other specifically targets ISIL (Da’esh) & Al-Qaida. It imposed its general terrorism sanctions, on all those participating in terrorist acts or supporting terrorists, in September 2001 by UN Security Council Resolution 1373 following the 9/11 attacks on the US.

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US lists HASM as a foreign terrorist organisation & renews other FTO designations

The US Department of State has designated Egypt-based Harakat Sawa’d Misr (HASM) as a foreign terrorist organisation (FTO), and has added 2 of its Turkey-based leaders Yahya al-Sayyid Ibrahim Musa and Alaa Ali Ali Mohammed al-Samahi to the list of specially designated global terrorists (SDGTs). HASM was listed as an SDGT in January 2018 for “posing a significant risk of …


US lists 5 al-Qaida leaders as specially designated global terrorists

The US has announced the designations of 3 al-Qaida leaders, who are said to be based in Iran, and 2 leaders of the al-Qaida Kurdish Battalions, which operates on the border between Iran and Iraq, as specially designated global terrorists (SDGTs) under Executive Order 13224. See Notice for the list of designations. The State Department press release explains that “Iran …


UK revokes & replaces general licences for counter-terrorism regimes

Today (11 January 2020), HM Treasury revoked 3 general licences for the counter-terrorism regimes which related to the provision of insurance and payment of legal fees by a third party. These licences may no longer be used, and future applications relating to insurance or payment of legal fees by a third party will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. See …


US to designate Yemeni Houthis as a foreign terrorist organisation & SDGT

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that Congress will be notified of his intent to designate Ansarallah, also known as the Houthis, as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation (FTO) under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) entity, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224. 3 Houthi leaders, Abdul Malik al-Houthi, …


UNSC adopts resolution to encourage engagement with terrorism sanctions committee

The United Nations Security Council has adopted Resolution 2560 (2020) to encourage member states to engage more actively with the committee overseeing sanctions targeting ISIL/Da’esh and Al-Qaida. The resolution calls upon states to submit listing requests of groups, undertakings and entities that meet the designation criteria under Resolution 2368 (2017) to ensure that the sanctions list remains reliable and up …


Current Sanctions


Consolidated - ISIL (Da'esh) & Al-Qaida

Council Regulation (EU) 2016/1686

Parent Regulation - ISIL (Da’esh) & Al-Qaida

Council Regulation (EU) 2016/1686

Amended by:

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/281

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/999

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1539

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/270

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1717

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1943

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/19

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1128

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1124

Consolidated - ISIL (Da'esh) & Al-Qaida

Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/1693

Parent Decision - ISIL (Da’esh) & Al-Qaida

Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/1693

Amended by:

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1560

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/283

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1000

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1540

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/271

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/25

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/1721

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/1944

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/1721

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/20

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1126

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1132

Consolidated - ISIL (Da'esh) & Al-Qaida

Council Regulation (EC) 881/2002

Parent Regulation - ISIL (Da’esh) & Al-Qaida

Council Regulation (EC) No 881/2002

Amended by:

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/733

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/816

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/855

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/888

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1033

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1204

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1494

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1562

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1809

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/257

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/353

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/259

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/288

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/390

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/483

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/706

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1473

Consolidated - Regulation 2850/2001

Council Regulation (EC) 2850/2001

Parent Regulation - Regulation 2580/2001

Council Regulation (EC) No 2580/2001

Amended by:

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/24

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/507

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/622

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/791

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/850

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1353

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1731

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/218

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1297

Parent - Common Position 2001/931

Council Common Position 2001/931/CFSP

Amended by:

The Counter-Terrorism (International Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/573)

The Counter-Terrorism (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 (SI 2019/577)