UN Security Council extends Libya sanctions until 2020

By Sami Zaptia.

The UN Security Council has extended its sanctions on Libya until 2020 and added gender-based violence as a sanctionable crime (Photo: UNSMIL).

The UN Security Council has extended its sanctions on Libya until 2020 and added gender-based violence as a sanctionable crime (Photo: UNSMIL).

London, 6 November 2018:

The UN Security Council yesterday extended its sanctions on Libya until 2020.

The resolution was not unanimous with 13 states out of 15 voting in favour. Russia and China decided to abstain mainly over the extention of the sanctions regime to include rape and sexual violence.

Russia accused the Netherlands and Sweden, which proposed the new sanctions criteria, of populism by attempting to score domestic political points.

Russia felt UN Security Council resolutions should be concerned with threats to international security and not domestic politics or domestic criminal issues.

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