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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UNSC warns of famine after US designates Houthi militia as an FTO

Speakers at the United Nations Security Council have warned that the US’ designation of the Houthi militia as a foreign terrorist organisation, which is due to come into effect on 19 January 2021, risks expediting a large-scale famine in Yemen (see post). Member states’ representatives and speakers called on the US to ensure that its guidance on humanitarian licences and …


UK publishes Libya sanctions regs & guidance on 11 sanctions regimes

The UK government has published The Libya (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/1665), which replace the EU sanctions regime relating to Libya. The UK has also issued guidance on the regulations, which includes information on asset freezes, partial asset freezes, interest, oil aboard UN-designated ships, and ownership and control. See explanatory memorandum, and reports under section 2(4) of the …

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US designates 17 officials worldwide for human rights abuses

Yesterday (10 December, International Human Rights Day), the OFAC listed officials of Haiti, Russia and Yemen accused of being responsible for, complicit in, or having engaged in serious human rights violations  E.O. 13818 (Magnitsky sanctions). The State Dept issued a press release saying that over the 9th and 10th of December (International Anti-corruption Day and International Human Rights Day), the US …

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UK post-Brexit Yemen and Mali sanctions regulations

The UK has published regulations under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018 on Yemen and Mali, which will come into effect at the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020 at 11pm. The regulations will revoke and replace the current UK regulations giving effect to UN Security Council Resolutions 2374 (Mali), and 2140 and 2216 (Yemen). …

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EU updates Yemen sanctions regulations

The EU has adopted Council Regulation (EU) 2020/488 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/490, which amend the EU’s sanctions regime on Yemen to implement UN Security Council Resolution 2511. The amendments: (1) affirm that sexual conflict in armed violence, and the recruitment or use of children in armed conflict in violation of international law are sanctionable acts, and (2) provide that …


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 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

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