Australian sanctions target Libyan regime

Media Release

Cairo

26 February 2011

The Australian Government will impose targeted travel and financial sanctions against Colonel Ghaddafi and key members of his regime. Australia will also impose an arms embargo on Libya.

"The Libyan regime’s use of violence against its people is deeply disturbing and completely unacceptable" Mr Rudd said.

"The time has come for Australia to reflect its grave concern by enacting these practical measures."

Twenty-two figures in the Libyan regime, including Colonel Ghaddafi, members of his family, and senior military and security figures will be subject to Australian sanctions.

The sanctions will prohibit Australians engaging in financial transactions with the twenty-two persons.

The travel ban will prohibit these individuals from entering or transiting Australian territory.

Australia continues to urge the UN Security Council, which is currently discussing measures against the Libyan Government, to take strong and decisive action.

UN Security Council action should include sanctions against key regime figures, an arms embargo and a referral of the situation in Libya to the International Criminal Court.

The Libyan people, like many others in the Arab world, are crying out for freedom.

Autonomous sanctions are a concrete demonstration of Australia’s support for the people of Libya.

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