Russia and China on Monday refused to back a UN resolution that will allow the Security Council to slap sanctions on perpetrators of rape and sexual violence in Libya. The British-drafted resolution renewing sanctions on Libya was adopted by a vote of 13 in favour in the 15-member council. Russia and China abstained but did not use their veto power to block the measure that expanded the criteria for applying sanctions to include gender-based violence. Russian Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia accused the Netherlands and Sweden, which pushed for the new sanctions criteria, of trying to score political points at home. The council has added sexual violence as a criteria for sanctions in recent resolutions on the Central African Republic and South Sudan.
Source: Libya Today November 06, 2018 12:19 UTC