On 19 December, the EU published Council Regulation (EU) No 1352/2014 and Council Decision 2014/932/CFSP which concern restrictive measures ‘in view of the situation in Yemen’. This implements a new UN Yemen sanctions regime in the EU.
On 7 November 2014, the United Nations Security Council imposed targeted sanctions on the former President of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, and on two senior Houthi military leaders, for their in involvement ‘in acts that threaten the peace, security or stability of Yemen’ (as we previously reported). They were the first three people to be added to the UN’s new targeted sanctions list relating to Yemen. The US also made the same people subject to US sanctions on 11 November 2014.
The has now implemented these UN sanctions by imposing asset freezes and travel bans in the EU on those who are ‘engaging in or providing support for acts that threaten the peace, security or stability of Yemen’, through actions including obstructing or undermining the successful completion of the political transition, impeding the implementation of the outcomes of the final report of the Comprehensive National Dialogue Conference through violence or attacks on essential infrastructure, or planning, directing or committing acts that violate applicable international human rights law or international humanitarian law, or acts that constitute human rights abuses, in Yemen.
Ali Abdullah Saleh and two senior Houthi military leaders (who are already subject to UN and US sanctions) are now subject to EU sanctions for ‘engaging in acts that threaten the peace, stability and security of Yemen’.
A notice for the attention of those subject to these measures has been published in the Official Journal informing them of their right to submit a request for their listing to be reconsidered to the UN Focal Point for de-listing, or to the Council of the European Union, and to challenge their inclusion before the European court. There is also another notice for the “data subjects” (the same people / entities) under the EU data protection Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 informing them that the data controller is the Council of the EU and giving contact details in relation to the data processing operation.
All EU sanctions currently in force against Yemen can be found on the ‘sanctions in force’ section of this blog. HM Treasury in the UK has published a notice (on 19 December 2014) giving information about this new sanctions regime and its targets.