UN Security Council strengthens sanctions against Somalia
The UN Security Council decided on Thursday to strengthen the arms embargo on the violence-plagued nation of Somalia by specifying sanctions against violators and expanding the mandate of the committee that oversees the ban, Xinhua reported.
Unanimously adopting resolution 1844, the council decided that travel restrictions and an asset freeze would be applied to individuals and entities that engaged in activities that threatened the peace and the political processes and obstructed humanitarian assistance, in addition to those that breached the weapons ban, which was put in place by resolution 733 of 1992 and amended by subsequent resolutions.
The council charged the committee set up by resolution 733 with the task of examining allegations of violations of the arms embargo, designating individuals and entities to be on a list of those subjected to sanctions and regularly reviewing that list for accuracy.
In a related provision, member states were encouraged to submit to the committee the names of individuals or entities to be included on the list, along with a detailed statement of the case against them.
The council urged such states to review petitions for de-listing and encouraged the committee to ensure that fair and clear procedures existed for listing, de-listing and granting exemptions.