The Council of the EU has imposed an EU-wide asset freeze and travel ban on two Yemeni people associated with the Houthi rebels conducting a military campaign against the supporters of the country’s president, Abed Hadi. The new listings implement UN Security Council Resolution 2216, which listed the individuals under UN sanctions in April (see previous blog here), and they join two other members of the Houthi movement as well as former Yemeni President Ali Saleh who have been subject to the same measures since December 2014 (see previous blog here). The Council has also decided to impose the UN’s arms embargo against listed people.
The newly listed people are Abdulmalik Al-Houthi, the Houthi leader, and Ahmed Saleh, son of the former President and key facilitator of the military expansion of the Houthi movement. In its press release, the Council states that the EU “has condemned the destabilising unilateral actions taken by the Houthis and forces loyal to ex-President Saleh and urged their forces to immediately stop the use of violence”.
The updates are set out in Council Regulation (EU) 2015/878 amending Council Regulation (EU) 1352/2014, Council Decision 2015/882 amending Council Decision 2014/932/CFSP, and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/879 implementing Council Regulation (EU) 1352/2014. The EU’s notices to listed people are here and here. HM Treasury’s notice is here.