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EU approves sanctions against Gaddafi

RIA Novosti

18:26 28/02/2011 MOSCOW, February 28 (RIA Novosti) - The European Union said on Monday it had approved sanctions against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi for his violent suppression of protests.

Up to 2,000 people have been killed in clashes between protesters and pro-Gaddafi forces since an uprising began in Libya on February 15. Inspired by recent revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, Libyans are demanding an end to Gaddafi's 42-year authoritarian rule.

The sanctions include an arms embargo, the freezing of all of the European assets held by the Gaddafi family and an EU entry ban.

EU Foreign Affairs Chief Catherine Ashton urged the Libyan authorities on Sunday to stop violating human rights.

"I stress the need to hold to account those responsible for attacks on civilians and welcome the UNSC decision to refer to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court," Ashton said.

On Sunday, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution imposing sanctions on the Libyan leadership.

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