Syria: Bouthaina Shaaban and six Syrian state entites sanctioned by EU

In yesterdays EU Foreign Affairs Council one person and six entities were added to the EU sanction list. These are:

1. Bouthaina Shaaban (a.k.a. Buthaina Shaaban).

Born 1953 in Homs, Syria. Political and Media Advisor to the President since July 2008 and as such associated with the violent crackdown on the population.

1. Ministry of Defence
Address: Umayyad Square, Damascus Telephone: +963-11-7770700
Syrian government branch directly involved in repression.

2. Ministry of Interior
Address: Merjeh Square, Damascus Telephone: +963-11-2219400, +963-11-2219401, +963-11-2220220, +963-11-2210404
Syrian government branch directly involved in repression.

3. Syrian National Security Bureau
Syrian government branch and element of the Syrian Ba’ath Party. Directly involved in repression. It directed Syrian security forces to use extreme force against demonstrators.

4. Syria International Islamic Bank (SIIB) (a.k.a.: Syrian International Islamic Bank; a.k.a. SIIB). Location: Syria International Islamic Bank Building, Main Highway Road, Al Mazzeh Area, P.O. Box 35494, Damascus, Syria Alt. Location: P.O. Box 35494, Mezza’h Vellat Sharqia’h, beside the Consulate of Saudi Arabia, Damascus, Syria
SIIB has acted as a front for the Commercial Bank of Syria, which has allowed that bank to circumvent sanctions imposed on it by the EU. From 2011 to 2012, SIIB surreptitiously facilitated financing worth almost $150 million on behalf of the Commercial Bank of Syria. Financial arrangements that were purportedly made by SIIB were actually made by the Commercial Bank of Syria. In addition to working with the Commercial Bank of Syria to circumvent sanctions, in 2012, SIIB facilitated several substantial payments for the Syrian Lebanese Commercial Bank, another bank already designated by the EU. In these ways, SIIB has contributed to providing financial support to the Syrian regime.

5. General Organisation of Radio and TV (a.k.a. Syrian Directorate General of Radio & Television Est; a.k.a. General Radio and Television Corporation; a.k.a. Radio and Television Corporation; a.k.a. GORT). Address: Al Oumaween Square, P.O. Box 250, Damascus, Syria. Telephone (963 11) 223 4930. State-run agency subordinate to Syria’s Ministry of Information and as such supports and promotes its information policy. It is responsible for operating Syria’s state-owned television channels, two terrestrial and one satellite, as well as government radio stations. The GORT has incited violence against the civilian population in Syria, serving as a propaganda instrument for the Assad regime and spreading disinformation.

6. Syrian Company for Oil Transport (a.k.a. Syrian Crude Oil Transportation Company; a.k.a. “SCOT”; a.k.a. “SCOTRACO”. Banias Industrial Area, Latakia Entrance Way, P.O. Box 13, Banias, Syria; Website com; Email
Syrian state owned oil company. Provides financial support to the regime.

Original text published in L 165/22 Official Journal of the European Union on 26 June 2012.


About Leif Eriksson

Leif Eriksson has worked in the field of asylum at the Swedish Migration Agency specializing in the Middle East, Schengen and the Dublin Regulation, as Migration Attaché and head of the migration section at the Swedish Embassy in Damascus 2005 - 2008, as a resettlement consultant at the UNHCR branch office in Damascus 2008 - 2009, Consul at the Swedish Consulate General in Jerusalem 2012 - 2013 and associate RSD/RST officer at UNHCR in Beirut 2013 - 2014. He currently lives in Tbilisi, Georgia.
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