The European Union’s global human rights sanctions regime, which aims to combat serious human rights violations and abuses around the world, has been extended by the Council for a further three years until 8 December 8, 2026 to ensure its effectiveness It was done.
In a statement issued yesterday, the Council of the EU said that a continuous review will continue in each reference year to assess and maintain existing restrictive measures.
According to the same, such a decision reaffirms the EU’s dedication to condemning human rights violations and abuses wherever they occur.
It also underscores the commitment to employ all available instruments, emphasising that human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent, and interrelated.
Established on December 7, 2020, the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime empowers the EU to focus on individuals, entities, and both state and non-state actors associated with or responsible for serious human rights violations and abuses on a global scale.
In February 2023, the EU Council imposed restrictive measures against 32 individuals and two entities responsible for human rights violations in Iran.
These measures included high-ranking figures such as Iran’s Minister of Education and Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance. Moreover, individuals subject to these restrictions include the spokesman and deputy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, members of parliament advocating violent strikes, directors of various sectors, members of the judiciary across the country, and members of the police force.
During the same month, the Council of the EU imposed similar restrictive measures against nine individuals and seven entities in Myanmar/Burma, marking two years since the military coup. This decision of the Council was a response to the ongoing human rights violations, increasing violence, and threats to security, stability, and peace in Myanmar/Burma.
The Council further stated that these restrictive measures affect a total of 93 individuals and 18 entities. Notably, everyone on the EU sanctions list is subject to a travel ban, prohibiting them from entering or transiting through EU territory.
In addition to these measures mentioned above, the Council has emphasized the continuation of other restrictive measures, such as export restrictions, which remain in force.