Today, 27 October 2016, the Council added 10 persons to the list of those targeted by EU restrictive measures against the Syrian regime for being responsible for the violent repression against the civilian population in Syria, benefiting from or supporting the regime, and/or being associated with such persons.
This decision follows the Council conclusions of 17 October 2016 and the European Council conclusions of 20-21 October 2016, as referred to in our recent article.
The persons added to the list include high-ranking military officials and senior figures linked to the Assad regime. This decision brings to 217 persons the total number of persons targeted by a travel ban and an asset freeze for the violent repression against the civilian population in Syria. Another 69 entities are targeted by an asset freeze.
The sanctions currently in place against Syria include an oil embargo, restrictions on certain investments, a freeze of the assets of the Syrian central bank within the EU, export restrictions on equipment and technology that might be used for internal repression or on equipment and technology for the monitoring or interception of internet or telephone communications. These measures were last extended on 27 May 2016 and are in place until at least 1 June 2017.
A full text of the EU press release can be found here.