Pursuant to Council Regulation (EU) No 1352/2014 and Council Decision (EU) 2014/932/CFSP, the EU has introduced sanctions against those “engaging in or providing support for acts that threaten the peace, security or stability of Yemen”, and in particular those who undermine the Gulf Cooperation Council Transition Agreement, the Yemen Comprehensive National Dialogue Conference, or who plan, direct or commit  acts that violate international humanitarian or human rights law.

The restrictive measures take the form of an asset freeze and travel ban, and target (1) Ali Abdullah Saleh, former president of Yemen; (2) Abdullah Yahya Al Hakim, the Houthi group second-in-command; and (3)Abd Al-Khaliq Al-Huthi, a Houthi military commander.

The new EU sanctions mirror the sanctions introduced by the UN and the US in late 2014.  For further information on the UN and US Sanctions regimes, please see Issue 30 of Sanctions Alert.