Sanctions Profile: Zimbabwe

At a glance

EU sanctions on Zimbabwe were first imposed in 2002, by Common Position 2002/145/CFSP, in relation to the escalation of violence and intimidation of political opponents and the harassment of the independent press. The sanctions comprised an arms embargo, as well as an asset freeze and travel ban on targeted people and entities. The current EU sanctions regime on Zimbabwe is imposed pursuant to Council Regulation (EC) No 314/2004 (as amended) and Council Decision 2011/101/CFSP (as amended), and likewise consists of an arms embargo and targeted asset freezes and travel bans.

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Covid-19: UN Human Rights Commissioner calls for easing of sanctions

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has called for the urgent re-evaluation of sectoral sanctions in countries dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, alongside broad and practical humanitarian exemptions to sanctions measures, including authorisation for medical equipment and supplies. She said that sanctions may impede medical efforts in Cuba, N Korea, Venezuela, Zimbabwe and Iran, which have vulnerable …

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OFAC Zimbabwe designations & delistings

OFAC has imposed sanctions on Anselem Sanyatwe and Owen Ncube pursuant to E.O. 13469 for being responsible for, or participating in, human rights abuses related to political repression in Zimbabwe. Mr Sanyatwe, in his former position of commander of the Zimbabwean National Army’s Presidential Guard Brigade, is alleged to have ordered the firing of live ammunition at protestors during a …

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US renews Zimbabwe & Venezuela sanctions for a year

The US has renewed its sanctions on Zimbabwe for 1 year by extending the national emergency as declared in Executive Order (E.O.) 13288. The White House Notice says that the Zimbabwean individuals designated under this E.O. (as amended) will continue to be subject to asset freezing measures due to an “accelerat[ion in] its persecution of critics and economic mismanagement in …

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UK to review EU suspension of Grace Mugabe’s sanctions measures

The Sunday Telegraph has reported that the UK government will review the EU’s decision to suspend Grace Mugabe’s asset freezing measures and travel restrictions at the end of the Brexit transition period. The EU announced last week that measures against 4 Zimbabwean officials (including Grace Mugabe) have been suspended, and that an arms embargo and asset freeze against Zimbabwe Defence …

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EU renews Zimbabwe arms embargo & suspends Grace Mugabe sanctions

The EU Council has extended its Zimbabwe sanctions (an arms embargo and targeted asset freeze against Zimbabwe Defence Industries) for 1 year until 20 February 2021, in light of the country’s “ongoing acute humanitarian crisis” and “yet to be investigated alleged role of the armed and security forces in human rights abuses”. Press Release here. Existing travel restrictions and asset freezes …

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Current Sanctions

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Consolidated

Council Regulation (EC) No 314/2004

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EC) No 314/2004

Amended by:

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1488/2004

Commission Regulation (EC) No 898/2005

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1272/2005

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1367/2005

Council Regulation (EC) No 1791/2006

Commission Regulation (EC) No 236/2007

Commission Regulation (EC) No 412/2007

Commission Regulation (EC) No 777/2007

Commission Regulation (EC) No 702/2008

Commission Regulation (EC) No 1226/2008

Commission Regulation (EC) No 77/2009

Commission Regulation (EU) No 173/2010

Commission Regulation (EU) No 174/2011

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 151/2012

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 145/2013

Council Regulation (EU) No 517/2013

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 915/2013

Council Regulation (EU) No 153/2014

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/275

Council Regulation (EU) 2015/612

Council Regulation (EU) 2015/1919

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1921

Council Regulation (EU) 2016/214

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/218

Council Regulation (EU) 2017/284

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/223

Council Regulation (EU) 2019/278

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/219

Council Regulation (EU) 2020/213

Consolidated

Council Decision 2011/101/CFSP

Parent Decision

Council Decision 2011/101/CFSP

Amended by:

Council Decision 2012/97/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2012/124

Council Decision 2013/89/CFSP

Council Decision 2013/160/CFSP

Council Implementing Decision 2013/469/CFSP

Council Decision 2014/98/CFSP

Council Decision 2015/277/CFSP

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1924

Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/220

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/288

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/224

Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/284

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/215

The Zimbabwe (Financial Sanctions) Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/847)