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Australia fully implements the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions regime in relation to Yemen.

The UNSC adopted Resolution 2216 on 14 April 2015, which imposes an arms embargo in order to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer of arms to, or for the benefit of the individuals and entities designated by the Yemen Sanctions Committee.

This follows resolution 2140 (2014), which was adopted on 26 February 2014 imposing the sanctions regime in response to the ongoing political, security, economic and humanitarian challenges in Yemen, including ongoing violence.

This page summarises the current sanctions measures imposed by the UNSC and implemented by Australia in relation to Yemen.

This page also includes useful links.

Targeted financial sanctions

Australian law prohibits:

  • the use of or dealing with an asset that is owned or controlled by a ‘designated person or entity’ for Yemen; and
  • making an asset available, directly or indirectly, to or for the benefit of
    • a ‘designated person or entity’ for Yemen; or
    • a person or entity acting on behalf of or at the direction of a ‘designated person or entity’ for Yemen; or
    • or an entity owned or controlled by a ‘designated person or entity’ for Yemen

without a sanctions permit.

An ‘asset’ is defined broadly to include an asset or property of any kind, whether tangible or intangible, movable or immovable.

The Consolidated List includes the names of all designated persons and entities.

Conditions for the grant of a sanctions permit

The Minister for Foreign Affairs may be able to grant a sanctions permit authorising an activity that would contravene these prohibitions if the activity is:

  • a ‘basic expense dealing’
  • a ‘legally required dealing’
  • a ‘contractual dealing’
  • a ‘required payment dealing’
  • or an ‘extraordinary expense dealing’

as those terms are defined in regulation 5 of the Charter of the United Nations (Dealing with Assets) Regulations 2008.

If you assess that your activity satisfies this conditions, you may apply for a sanctions permit using the Online Sanctions Administration System (OSAS).

The Minister may need to notify or receive the approval of the UNSC Yemen Sanctions Committee before granting a sanctions permit.

Implementing legislation

Travel bans

Australian law prohibits the entry into or transit through Australia of a ‘designated person’ for Yemen without authorisation by the UNSC.

The Consolidated List includes the names of all designated persons.

Implementing legislation

Arms embargo

Australian law prohibits:

  • making a ‘sanctioned supply’ to a ‘paragraph 14 person or entity’; and
  • providing a ‘sanctioned service’ to a ‘paragraph 14 person or entity’

A person makes a ‘sanctioned supply’ if

  1. the person supplies, sells or transfers goods to another person; and
  2. the goods are export sanctioned goods; and
  3. as a direct or indirect result of the supply, sale or transfer, the goods are transferred to, or for the benefit of, a paragraph 14 person or entity.
    ‘Export sanctioned goods’ means arms or related matériel.

A ‘paragraph 14 person or entity’ is defined as a person or entity:

  1. named in paragraph 14 of Resolution 2216; or
  2. listed in the annex of Resolution 2216; or
  3. designated by the Committee in accordance with paragraph 20(d) of Resolution 2216; or
  4. acting on behalf of, or at the direction of, in Yemen, a person or entity mentioned in paragraph (a), (b) or (c).

A ‘sanctioned service’ is providing technical assistance, training, financial or other assistance, related to:

  1. military activities; or
  2. the provision, maintenance or use of any arms or related matériel;

Implementing Legislation

Last Updated: 27 October 2014