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United Nations: Sanctions against Libya; human rights research
March 1, 2011 · Marylin J. Raisch
On February 26, 2011, the U.N. Security Council passed Resolution 1970, which takes action under Chapter VII, article 41 of the United Nations Charter, placing demands on Libya (understood to be the government still functioning under Col. Muammar Gaddafi) to ensure safe travel out of the country for nationals foreign to Libya and to cease violence, respecting human rights and humanitarian law. The resolution also puts in place an arms embargo, refers the government in this situation (dated from February 15, 2011) to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, and sets up a sanctions committee under Rule 28 of its Provisional Rules of Procedure to implement the arms embargo as well as a travel ban (for designated persons in the government and Gaddafi family listed in an Annex I) and an asset freeze on persons and entities listed in an Annex II. In addition to international criminal law materials, both at the court site and the archived Rome Statute site, there is the excellent Universal Human Rights Index of U.N. Documents where a database of treaty documents and mandates is readily searchable.