OFAC REVOKED SEVERAL TERRORISM SANCTIONS-RELATED GENERAL LICENSES AND RELATED FAQ – ALSO REVOKING DESIGNATION OF ANSARALLAH (HOUTHIS)

On 16 February, OFAC announced that the US State Department had revoked the Ansarallah designations which has resulted in Ansarallah no longer being blocked pursuant to the Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations.  As a result, US persons do not require authorization from OFAC to engage in transactions or activities with Ansarallah, provided such activities do not involve blocked persons or otherwise prohibited activities.

OFAC also revoked several General Licenses – 9 (“Official Business of the United States Government”); 10 (“Official Activities of Certain International Organizations”); 11 (“Certain Transactions in Support of Nongovernmental Organizations’ Activities in Yemen”); and 12 (“Transactions Related to the Exportation or Re-exportation of Agricultural Commodities, Medicine, Medical Devices, Replacement Parts and Components or Software Updates”) issued on 19 January; and General License 13 (“Authorizing Transactions Involving Ansarallah”) issued on 25 January.  All of these were connected to the Ansarallah-related sanctions.

OFAC is also removing the related FAQ 875, 876, and 877 from its website.

As part of the changes being made, OFAC also removed or updated related designations; with 5 entries removed (including that for Ansarallah itself) and those for 3 individuals updated

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USTREAS/bulletins/2c1dfc6

https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/financial-sanctions/recent-actions/20210216

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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