On 7 November 2014, the United Nations Security Council imposed targeted sanctions on the former President of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, and two senior Houthi military leaders for their in engagement ‘in acts that threaten the peace, security or stability of Yemen’. They are the first three people to be added to the UN’s targeted sanctions list relating to Yemen.
The sanctions consist of a one year asset freeze and a travel ban in UN Member States. The US also made the same people subject to US sanctions on 11 November 2014 – see White House press release here.
Yemen has been in a state of political unrest since mass protests began against Saleh, who was president for 33 years until he stepped down in 2012. In February, the UN Security Council authorised sanctions against those who obstruct Yemen’s political transition or commit human rights violations, but did not list any specific individuals at that point. The US requested to the Yemen Sanctions Committee that Saleh and the Houthi leaders should be the first people to be sanctioned by the UN.