NEW YORKThe United States unilaterally blacklisted Libya’s Kaniyat militia and its leader after Russia last week prevented a UN Security Council committee from imposing sanctions over human rights abuses by the group.
The US sanctions were imposed under the Global Magnitsky Act, which allows the US government to target human rights violators worldwide by freezing assets and prohibiting Americans from doing business with them.
“Mohamed Al Kani and the Kaniyat militia have tortured and killed civilians during a cruel campaign of oppression in Libya,” US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.
The United States and Germany earlier this month proposed that the UN Security Council’s 15-member Libya sanctions committee impose an asset freeze and travel ban on Kaniyat militia and Al Kani.
However, such a move has to be agreed by consensus and Russia said on Friday it could not approve the sanctions because it wanted to see more evidence first that they had killed civilians.
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