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UN Sanctions 

In 2005, following the Lebanon prime minister's assassination, the UN Security Council adopted resolution 1636 and put in place a new sanctions regime against those believed to be involved in it. The following sanctions are applicable under this regime: 

  • Travel ban

  • Financial sanctions (asset freeze)

Please note that the mandate of the Commission ended on 28 February 2009 and its jurisdiction was transferred to the Special Tribunal on Lebanon, which was established pursuant to resolution 1757. As of the date of writing this page (December 2020) there is no one listed under this sanctions regime. 

In addition, following the conflicts between Hizballah and Israel in the south of Lebanon in the summer of 2006, United Nations Security Council imposed an arm embargo against Lebanon by passing resolution 1701.

EU Sanctions 

The EU sanctions regime against Lebanon is based on two sets of regulations: 


The Lebanon sanction regime is a list based sanctions consisted of the following restrictive measure:

  • Travel bans 

  • Financial sanctions (asset freeze)

  • Arm embargo

U.S. Sanctions 

Lebanon-related Sanctions

The Lebanon- related sanctions is a list based program which imposes Financial sanctions (asset freezing) on certain individuals who, among other things, undermining Lebanon’s democratic processes or institutions. This program is based on E.O. 13441 and is codified under 31C.F.R. 549.

As of May 9, 2020, there are 13 entries related to this program on the OFAC SDN list and they are distinguished by the tag of [LEBANON]. 

Hizballah Financial Sanctions

In 2015, the Congress passed Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015 which was later amended in 2018

These two pieces of legislations, required the executive branch to impose a range of sanctions on those who materially support Hizbollah in its activities. The Congress also, required certain reports to be produced containing the name of those financial institutions which support to Hizbollah. Finally, the Act as amended provided the ground for certain sanctions against Foreign Financial Institutions which knowingly engage in certain types of activities involving Hizbollah. 

Those Foreign Financial institutions designated under this part of the regulations will be added to the CAPTA list of the U.S. Treasury. Those who are directly designated based on the grounds provided in this regulations will have a descriptive text next to their name [“Subject to secondary sanctions pursuant to the Hizballah Financial Sanctions Regulations”]. As of October 26, 2020, there are several hundreds of entries on the SDN list with such descriptive text. 

The relevant regulations to this program is codified under 31 C.F.R. 566

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