UN Security Council renews Yemen sanctions until 26 Feb. 2019

UNSC.jpgThe UN Security Council has unanimously adopted Resolution 2402 (2018), which renews until 26 February 2019 the arms embargo, travel bans and asset freezes against those “threatening peace and security in Yemen”. UN press release here.

An alternate draft resolution, tabled by the UK, was defeated by a vote of 11 in favour to 2 against (Russia (veto) and Bolivia), with 2 abstentions (China and Kazakhstan). That draft would have highlighted “specific non-compliance by Iran”, namely, the Panel of Experts’ finding that Iran had failed to take the necessary measures to prevent the supply, sale or transfer of short-range ballistic missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles to the then Houthi-Saleh alliance, breaching para 14 of UNSC Resolution 2216 (2015). Following the draft resolution’s defeat, the US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley warned of unilateral (although unspecified) action against Iran.

Norway suspends arms-related export licences to the UAE

Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs.jpgNorway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to suspend export licences dealing with Category A defence-related products to the United Arab Emirates.  The Ministry confirmed that “no arms or ammunition can be exported to the United Arab Emirates”, stating that the decision was taking as a “precautionary measure” in relation to “the situation in Yemen and the increasing risks associated with the United Arab Emirates’ military engagement in the country”.

OFAC designates German and Iranian parties involved in attempt to circumvent EU export controls

OFAC2OFAC has added two individuals (Reza Heidari and Mahmoud Seif) and four entities (ForEnt Technik GmbH, Pardazesh Tasvir Raya Co, Printing Trade Center GmbH and Tejarat Almas Mobin Holding) to its SDN list.

The individuals and entities have been designated for being part of a “network… involved in a large-scale scheme to help Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) counterfeit currency to support its destabilizing activities”. In particular, the network is stated to have “employed deceptive measures to circumvent European export control restrictions and [to have] procured advanced equipment and materials to print counterfeit Yemeni bank notes potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars for the IRGC-QF”.

The IRGC-QF was designated pursuant to the global terrorism Executive Order 13224 on 25 October 2007. Click here for the OFAC Notice, and here for the US Treasury press release.

OFAC adds nine to terrorism SDN list

OFAC2OFAC has added eight people and one entity to the US counter terrorism SDN list. All were listed for being linked to ISIL-Yemen and/or Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula. This was done in partnership with all members of the recently established Terrorist Financing Targeting Centre (TFTC), namely Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and the USA. The collective action is the first taken by the TFTC since its announcement by President Trump in May 2017. Click here for the Treasury press release, and here for the OFAC announcement.

EU updates Yemen & ISIL/Al-Qaida listings

The EU has updated the listings of 4 people listed on its sanctions against Yemen, implementing changes made by the UN to its own sanctions listings.  The people are Abdullah Hakim, Abd Al-Houthi, Ali Saleh, and Ahmed Saleh. See Implementing Regulation 2017/628 implementing Regulation 1352/2014 and Implementing Decision 2017/634 implementing Decision 2014/932/CFSP.

It has also updated 2 listings under its ISIL & Al-Qaida sanctions, also implementing UN changes.  The listings are for Radi El Ayashi and the Mujahidin Indonesian Timur.  See Implementing Regulation 2017/630 and Implementing Regulation 2017/637 respectively amending Regulation 881/2002.

EU updates Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen & Terrorism sanctions


The EU has de-listed Hisham Ikhtiyar and Anisa Al-Assad from its sanctions on Syria, and deleted a duplicate entry for Major General Fahd (aka. Lt General Fahid).  See Regulation 2016/1735 implementing Regulation 36/2012 and Decision 2016/1746 implementing Decision 2013/255/CFSP.


The EU has amended the list of people and entities under its sanctions on Afghanistan, in accordance with UN updates to its sanctions list on 21 July and 7 September.  See Regulation 2016/1736 implementing Regulation 753/2011 and Decision 2016/1748 implementing Decision 2011/486/CFSP.


The EU has updated the identifying information for Abd Al-Houthi and Abdulmalik al-Houthi under its sanctions on Yemen.  The action implements UN updates made on 26 August 2016.  See Regulation 2016/1737 implementing Regulation 1352/2014 and Decision 2016/1747 implementing Decision 2014/932/CFSP.


The EU has de-listed Muhammad Abu-Al-Khayr and Hassan Abu Bakr Qayed from its sanctions on ISIL and Al-Qaida.  The de-listings implement a UN decision to remove the 2 people from its sanctions on 24 September 2016.  See Commission Implementing Regulation 2016/1739 amending Council Regulation 881/2002.

EU updates Zimbabwe, Yemen, Guinea, and Moldova sanctions regimes

The EU has published updates to its sanctions regimes on Zimbabwe, Yemen, Guinea, and Moldova.


The EU has de-listed the deceased Amos Bernard Midzi (alias Mugenva) from its targeted sanctions on Zimbabwe, which impose an asset freeze on members of the country’s government and people and entities associated with them.  Currently, the targeted sanctions are suspended against all but President Robert Mugabe, his wife Grace, and Zimbabwe Defence Industries.

A new provision has also been included in the sanctions regime to comply with requirements for the protection of personal data.

The change are made by Council Regulation (EU) 2015/1919 amending Council Regulation (EC) 314/2004, Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1921 amending Council Regulation (EC) 314/2004, and Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1924 amending Council Decision 2011/101/CFSP.


The listing of Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh has been updated with details of his Diplomatic identity card issued by the United Arab Emirates, which is said to be cancelled, and his place of birth.  The new information is given in order to reflect changes to his listing under the UN’s sanctions on Yemen, and is introduced by Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/1920 implementing Council Regulation (EU) 1352/2014 and Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2015/1927 implementing Council Decision 2014/932/CFSP.


The EU has extended its sanctions regime against Guinea until 27 October 2016. The EU’s sanctions regime against Guinea imposes targeted asset freezes and travel bans on 5 people identified by the International Commission of Inquiry as responsible for violence leading to at least 150 deaths on 28 September 2009, and persons associated with them.  An arms embargo against Guinea was lifted in April 2015 (see previous blog). The regime is extended by Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1923 amending Council Decision 2010/638/CFSP.


EU sanctions against Moldova, imposing an EU-wide travel ban on people who are responsible for designing or implementing the campaign of intimidation and closure against Latin-script schools in the Transnistria region of Moldova, have been extended until 31 October 2016. The regime is extended by Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1925 amending Council Decision 2010/573/CFSP.


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.