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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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 …


OFAC revokes general licences relating to Houthi designation

Yesterday (16 February 2021), the US revoked the designation of Ansarallah (the Houthi militia) as a foreign terrorist organisation and specially designated global terrorist (see post). OFAC has now revoked the counter terrorism-related general licences pertaining to Ansarallah’s designation (GL 9, GL 10, GL 11, and GL 12 and GL 13) and related FAQs.  As a result, US people and …


Ansarallah FTO & SDGT designation to be revoked on 16 February

The designation of Ansarallah, also known as the Houthi militia, as a foreign terrorist organisation (FTO) and a specially designated global terrorist (SDGT) will be revoked as of 16 February 2021. The decision was made following warnings from the UN, humanitarian groups and bipartisan members of Congress that the designations could have a significant impact on Yemenis’ access to basic …


OFAC issues General Licence 13 to authorise transactions with Houthis

The Biden administration’s Treasury Department (OFAC) has published General Licence 13, which authorises until 26 February 2021 all transactions and activities involving Ansarallah (the Houthi militia) or any entity in which Ansarallah owns, directly or indirectly, a 50 percent or greater interest, and that are prohibited by the GTSR, the FTOSR, or Executive Order 13224. The scope of this licence is …

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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 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)