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.Show full details
The sanctions were established in response to reports of serious human rights abuses and violence against civilians in the country, the recruitment of children by armed groups and Yemeni Government forces, and the use of media to incite violence and frustrate the people’s “legitimate aspirations for peaceful change”.
EU sanctions on Yemen were first imposed in December 2014, by Council Regulation 1352/2014 and Council Decision 2014/932/CFSP. The EU sanctions regime on Yemen was put in place to implement the newly instituted UN sanctions regime (Resolution 2140), and comprised an asset freeze and travel ban on listed individuals. The designation criteria are the same as set out in the UN’s sanctions regime, and the EU lists only those designated by the UN sanctions committee.
Summary of Current UN Sanctions:
Asset freeze & travel ban
People and entities determined by the Yemen Sanctions Committee established by Resolution 2140 to be engaging in or providing support for acts that threaten the peace, stability, or security of Yemen.
The UN arms embargo on Yemen imposed by Resolution 2216 applies to:
Summary of Current EU Sanctions:
People and entities designated by the Yemen Sanctions Committee established by Resolution 2140 for engaging in or providing support for acts that threaten the peace, security, or stability of Yemen, including but not limited to:
On 16 May 2012, the US adopted Executive Order 13611, which declared a national emergency with respect to Yemen, and imposed a number of asset freezing measures. Yesterday, President Donald Trump extended those sanctions for 1 year by continuing the national emergency as declared. White House press release here.
The UN Security Council has unanimously adopted Resolution 2402 (2018), which renews until 26 February 2019 the arms embargo, travel bans and asset freezes against those “threatening peace and security in Yemen”. UN press release here. An alternate draft resolution, tabled by the UK, was defeated by a vote of 11 in favour to 2 against […]
The UN Security Council has amended the entry of 1 person, Ali Abdullah Saleh, on its Yemen sanctions list, so that his status now reads: “reportedly deceased”. UN press release here. On 8 May 2018, the EU implemented this amendment by adopting Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/694 and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/689. UK OFSI Notice […]
The EU has updated the listings of 4 people listed on its sanctions against Yemen, implementing changes made by the UN to its own sanctions listings. The people are Abdullah Hakim, Abd Al-Houthi, Ali Saleh, and Ahmed Saleh. See Implementing Regulation 2017/628 implementing Regulation 1352/2014 and Implementing Decision 2017/634 implementing Decision 2014/932/CFSP. It has also […]
Syria The EU has de-listed Hisham Ikhtiyar and Anisa Al-Assad from its sanctions on Syria, and deleted a duplicate entry for Major General Fahd (aka. Lt General Fahid). See Regulation 2016/1735 implementing Regulation 36/2012 and Decision 2016/1746 implementing Decision 2013/255/CFSP. Afghanistan The EU has amended the list of people and entities under its sanctions on […]