UN: Sexual violence new reason for Libya sanctions — Russia and China abstain

W/S Member states vote M/S Zhaoxu asks member states to vote W/S Member states vote M/S Zhaoxu reads results to the United Nations (Russian): «We were unable to support the draft resolution that has been drafted by the United Kingdom. Our principled and duly justified remarks were not taken into account. The sponsors incorporated provisions in the resolution, a provision which establishes... Еще that sexual and gender-based violence, as a stand-alone criteria for the imposition of sanctions and yet such action fully aligns with relevant criteria for listings criteria. The presence of presidents in Central African and South Sudanese sanctions committees does not imply that these practices needs to automatically apply to all countries' situations, each situation is unique. The gender component is unjustifiably emerging in the work of the 1970 Committee Panel of Experts. This will distract those experts from their direct obligations.» Russia and China refused to back a UN resolution which will allow the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on perpetrators of sexual violence in Libya. The UK-drafted resolution was adopted by a vote of 13 in favour in the 15-member Council, with Russia and China abstaining. The measure extends the criteria for applying sanctions to include gender-based violence. «Preventing sex crimes in Sweden and the Netherlands is the remit of the national governments», said Russia's UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, who accused the Netherlands and Sweden, the most vocal members for the new sanctions criteria, of «trying to score political points at home.»

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