In connection with the current situation in the Middle East, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has published a number of sanctions orders in recent months:
- Syria Sanctions Order 2011: The measures include an arms embargo, a ban on selling equipment that can be used for internal repression, travel restrictions and the freezing of bank balances for individuals responsible for the violent repression in Syria. The order took effect on 8 June 2011.
- Egypt Sanctions Order 2011: The bank balances of a number of key individuals of the former regime are frozen. The order took effect on 14 April 2011.
- Amendment of the Iran Sanctions Order 2010: The amendment provides for the freezing of bank balances and financial assets of certain individuals responsible for serious human rights violations. The order took effect on 8 June 2011.
- Amendment of the Libya Sanctions Order 2011: The amendments relate to a no-fly zone over Libya, a ban on landing aircraft on Libyan territory and a ban on operating air services from or to Libya. Libyan aircraft are also banned from flying over or landing on European territory. The amendments took effect on 28 April 2011.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is keeping a list specifying effective sanctions orders for each relevant country.