Both the EU and the US have imposed various sanctions in relation to Syria.
Council Regulation (EU) No. 442/2011 came into force on 10 May 2011. This provides that all funds and economic resources belonging to, owned, held or controlled by the persons listed in Annex II to the Regulation shall be frozen. The Regulation further provides that no funds or economic resources shall be made available, directly or indirectly, to or for the benefit of the persons listed in Annex II.
Council Regulation (EU) No. 504/2011 came into force on 24 May 2011, and added further individuals to the list of designated persons.
US Executive Order 13572 was issued on 29 April 2011. The Order blocks the property of certain listed persons who are involved with human rights abuses in Syria.