EU Imposes Further Sanctions for Libyan Arms Embargo Violations

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On Thursday, the European Council decided to impose restrictive measures on an individual involved in violating the UN arms embargo on Libya.

The sanctions comprise of a travel ban and asset freeze. In addition, EU persons and entities are forbidden from making funds available to those listed. The EU has now imposed a travel ban on 16 listed individuals, and an asset freeze on 20 persons and 19 entities.

In a statement, the Council said it remains gravely concerned with the situation in Libya, in particular the acts that threaten the peace, security, or stability of the country. These include violations of the UN arms embargo, human rights abuses, and attempted export of oil from Libya.

The EU sanctions complement and reinforce the sanctions adopted by the UN. These include the arms embargo and individual measures, including human rights abuses. The relevant legal acts, including the names of the persons and entities concerned, have been published in the Official Journal.

The 2011 toppling of Muammar Gaddafi plunged Libya into chaos, making it a battleground for rival forces. The UN weapons embargo was imposed that year, although this has repeatedly been broken.