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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EU General Court annuls Hamas 2018 designation for procedural flaws

The General Court has annulled the March 2018 listing of Hamas  in Case T-308/18 (4 September 2019) because the statement of reasons for including Hamas was defective – it was unsigned, had no heading, and could not be identified as an act of the EU Council. The President of the Council and Secretary General are […]


US judgment finds Terrorist Screening Database infringes due process rights

The Eastern District of Virginia has found in favour of 23 Muslim Americans who challenged their inclusion on the Terrorist Screening Database (the TSDB watchlist) on the basis that their listing infringes their rights to due process. Memorandum Opinion and Order Case No 1:16-CV-375. The list means being subject to very strict security screening and […]


New E.O. enhances counter-terrorism sanctions & 21 people & 7 entities are listed

President Donald Trump has issued a new Executive Order (E.O.) “Modernising Sanctions to Combat Terrorism”, effective from today, 11 September, which amends and enhances the powers in Executive Order 13224 (blocking assets of persons who commit, threaten to commit or support terrorism). It also terminates the national emergency declared in E.O. 12947 (prohibiting transactions with […]


OFAC designates IRGC shipping network including India-based maritime group

OFAC has listed 16 entities and 10 individuals pursuant to terrorism-related Executive Order (E.O.) 13224 (asset freeze) and identified 11 vessels as blocked property. This action designates a shipping network comprising of officials, shipping and insurance companies directed by the IRGC-QF that “ha[ve] moved oil worth hundreds of millions of dollars […] for the benefit […]


USA sanctions Gibraltar tanker and its captain

OFAC has designated the Adrian Darya 1 as blocked property, and designated its captain Kumar Akhilesh for acting for or on behalf of the IRGC-Qods Force under terrorism sanctions Executive Order 13224. The vessel, formerly known as the Grace 1, was released from the coast of Gibraltar on 18 August having been held for over […]

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Current Sanctions


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

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

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

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

Parent - Common Position 2001/931

Council Common Position 2001/931/CFSP

Amended by:

Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Act 2010

Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Act 2010 (Overseas Territories) (Amendment) Order 2017/157

Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Act 2010 (Guernsey) Order 2011/1082

Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Act 2010 (Commencement) Order 2011/2835

Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Act 2010 (Overseas Territories) Order 2011/750

Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Act 2010 (Isle of Man) Order 2011/749

Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session Amendment No. 6) (Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Act 2010) 2010/459 (Scottish SI)

Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Act 2010 (Isle of Man) (Revocation) Order SI 2015/1763

ISIL and Al Qaida (Asset Freezing) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (SI 2016/937)

The Export Control (Al-Qaida and Taliban Sanctions) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/2649)

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

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