By Maya Lester KC & Michael O’Kane

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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UN Panel of Experts on Yemen publishes final report

The final report of the UN Panel of Experts on Yemen was published on 26 January 2022. The report recommends that the Security Council (UNSC) call on parties to/associated with the Yemen conflict to undertake the following measures, and recommends that the UNSC express its intention to impose sanctions if the parties do not do so: Refrain from actions that …


Houthi military leaders sanctioned by UN, UK, Switzerland, EU & US

The UN has announced the addition of Muhammad Abd Al-Karim Al-Ghamari (Houthi Military Chief of General Staff), Yusuf Al-Madani (Commander of the Houthi’s Fifth Military Region) and Saleh Mesfer Saleh Al Shaer (Houthi Assistant Minister of Defence for Logistics and Judicial Custodian) to its Yemen sanctions list. Mr Al-Ghamari and Mr Al-Madani are said to have led offensives throughout Yemen, …


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 …


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 Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/2015

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/1901

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2022/2034


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

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2021/2016

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2022/1902

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2022/2035

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

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