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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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 …


UNSC extends Yemen sanctions for 1 year

The UN Security Council has adopted Resolution 2511 (2020), which extends until 28 March 2021 the travel bans and asset freezing measures on those threatening peace, security and stability in Yemen. The UNSC has also reaffirmed the provisions of the arms embargo imposed in 2015 on the Houthi (Ansar Allah) militia, and accused the Houthis of abuses against the Yemeni …


US BIS revises Russia & Yemen Country Group designations

The US Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) has amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to revise the Country Group designations for Russia and Yemen. The Final Rule is effective from today, 24 February. Russia Russia has been removed from groups A:2 and A:4, and added to Country Groups of concern: D:2 (nuclear) and D:4B (missile technology), thereby revising the …

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Dept for Intl Trade removes Yemen, Lebanon & Turkey from some OGEL lists

The Department for International Trade and the Export Control Joint Unit have published changes to the list of permitted destinations on a number of open general export licences (OGELS). See Notice. Yemen and Lebanon have been removed as permitted destinations on a number of OGELs. Turkey has been removed from the OGEL (military components) list. The Italian continental shelf has …

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UK stops issuing export licences for military goods that may be used in Yemen conflict

The UK’s Export Control Joint Unit has issued a notice to exporters informing them that, following the Court of Appeal’s judgment in Campaign Against the Arms Trade v Secretary of State for International Trade (see previous blog), it will not be granting any new open general export licences (OGELs) for certain military exports to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, or …

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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 (European Union Financial Sanctions) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/3349)