The Federal Council grants new exemptions to the sanctions on Yemen

Bern, 27.05.2020 - On May 27, the Federal Council adjusted its sanctions on Yemen to implement the new exemptions established by the United Nations Security Council in its Resolution 2511 (2020), in particular for humanitarian purposes. The amendment comes into force on 15 June.

The Ordinance on Measures against Yemen provides for a freeze on assets, travel restrictions and an arms embargo. These measures currently apply to the five natural persons listed by name in the Ordinance. The amendment to the Ordinance paves the way for exemptions to the measures of constraint, which have been granted by the relevant committee of the UN Security Council under Resolution 2511 (2020), to also be granted on the basis of Swiss law. The specific aim is to facilitate the work of the United Nations and other humanitarian organisations in Yemen.

The Federal Council first decided to impose sanctions on Yemen on 5 December 2014, thus applying the sanctions established by the UN Security Council in its Resolution 2140 (2014). On 12 June 2015, the Federal Council also introduced a personal embargo on arms and related material, thus implementing the tightening of sanctions decided by the UN Security Council in its Resolution 2216 (2015). The measures taken against Yemen are a response to the political, economic and humanitarian difficulties as well as the security problems facing the country since the revolution in January 2011.

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