Sanctions Profile: Yemen

At a glance

UN sanctions on Yemen were first imposed in February 2014, by UN Security Council Resolution 2140. The sanctions comprised an asset freeze and travel ban on listed individuals, and also established a sanctions committee to oversee and implement these measures.


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US sanctions alleged Houthi financial network

Sa’id Ahmad Muhammad al-Jamal, an alleged Houthi financial conduit based in Iran, has been sanctioned by OFAC under counter-terrorism authority Executive Order 13224 alongside 6 businessmen, 4 entities and 1 vessel, which the US believe to be part of an international smuggling network cooperating with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) to finance the Houthis. Al-Jamal has been designated …


Sanction regimes renewed, third countries align with EU sanctions & Kingpin Act designations

Over the past month, multiple sanctions regimes have been renewed around the world: The US renewed its regime in respect of Yemen for 1 year by continuing the national emergency as declared; The EU adopted: Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/796, which renewed its cyber-attacks sanctions regime until 18 May 2022; and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/848 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/855, …

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US designates 2 Houthi commanders

OFAC has listed Muhammad Abd Al-Karim al-Ghamari, described as the most senior commander within the military leadership of Ansarallah (the Houthis), under Executive Order (E.O.) 13611 for engaging in acts that threaten the peace, security and stability of Yemen. Mr al-Ghamari is alleged to have orchestrated a wide-scale Houthi offensive in Marib province (Yemeni government-held territory), which risks worsening the …


OFAC lists 2 Houthi leaders

OFAC has designated Mansur Al-Sa’adi and Ahmad ‘Ali Ahsan al-Hamzi, described as key militants of Ansarallah (the Houthi militia), pursuant to Executive Order 13611. Mr Al-Sa’adi, the Houthi Naval Forces Chief of Staff, is said to have directed attacks against international shipping in the Red Sea, and dispersed naval mines, which pose a risk to commercial, fishing, and humanitarian aid …


UNSC designates Yemeni police official

The UN Security Council has designated Sultan Saleh Aida Aida Zabin pursuant to Resolution 2564 (2021) on the grounds that he has engaged in acts that threaten the peace, security and stability in Yemen. In making this designation, the Security Council affirmed that sexual violence in armed conflict, and the recruitment of or use of children in armed conflict can …


Current Sanctions



Council Regulation (EU) No 1352/2014

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) No 1352/2014

Amended by:

Council Regulation (EU) 2015/878

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/879

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1920

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1737

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/628

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/689

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/397


Council Decision 2014/932/CFSP

Parent Decision

Council Decision 2014/932/CFSP

Amended by:

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/882

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/1927

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2016/1747

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/634

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/694

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2021/398

The Yemen (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020, (SI 2020/733)