On 7 March 2015, the European Union removed two individuals from its list of sanctions in view of the situation in Libya and amended the listing for one other. In addition, the EU expanded the restrictive measures against Libya to take account of a UN Security Council Resolution of 27 August 2014.
The new measures remove the listings of Ahmed Mohammed Qadhaf Al-Dam and Mohamed Ali Zidane, and amend the listing of Colonel Mas’ud Abdulhafiz to state an alias and details of his birth.
Article 1 of Council Decision 2011/137/CFSP is amended in light of the UN Security Council Resolution to expand listing criteria to include all those not already covered who are:
- engaged in or provide support for acts that threaten the peace, stability, or security of Libya, or undermine the successful completion of its political transition, including by:
- involvement in acts that violate international human rights law or constitute human rights abuses
- attacks against foreign missions in Libya or ports into the country
- illicit exploitation of natural resources in support of armed groups or criminal networks
- acting on behalf of any listed individual or entity
The new measures are brought into force by Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2015/376 implementing Article 16(2) of Council Regulation (EU) 204/2011 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/382 amending Council Decision 2011/137/CFSP.
A list of sanctions in force against Libya can be found in the “sanctions in force” section of this blog.