UN Security Council slams sanctions on Libya’s Qadhafi
By Yehonathan Tommer
NEW YORK – All 15 nations on the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously Saturday to impose sanctions on Libya, by slamming an immediate arms embargo, freezing all financial assets and economic resources as well as those of its leader Muammar Qadhafi and members of his family.
The Council imposed a travel ban against Qadhafi, his four adult sons and one daughter, and 10 close Libyan loyalists who are believed to have barricaded themselves in the capitol, Tripoli.
It demanded an “immediate end to the violence and repression and for steps to address the legitimate demands of the population in Libya.
It called on Libyan authorities to act “with restraint, respect human rights and international humanitarian law,” and to facilitate the immediate and safe access of international human rights monitors, to ensure the safety and assets of all foreign nationals and those wishing to depart the country, and an immediate lifting of all restrictions on the media.
Libya’s widespread and systematic attacks against civilian protestors by loyalist forces and mercenaries are to be referred for investigation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for suspected “crimes against humanity,” even though Libya is not a signatory to the protocols creating the court.
The UN estimates that more than 1,000 protestors have been killed since the uprising erupted on February 15th.
Under the arms embargo UN members are ti take “immediate and necessary” measures “to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer to Libya of arms and related materials, including weapons and ammunition, military vehicles and equipment.”
The Resolution “by itself cannot end the violence and repression in Libya,” but it “sends a strong message that gross violations of basic human rights will not be tolerated, and that those responsible for grave crimes will be held accountable,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.