Syria: for the 15th time EU strengthens sanctions against Assad regime

EU Foreign Affairs Council published the following statement today:

“In view of the gravity of the situation in Syria, the Council today reinforced once more
EU restrictive measures against the Syrian regime. It froze the assets of two entities
financially supporting the regime and targeted three additional persons with a travel ban and an asset freeze.

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said: “The EU sanctions target the Syrian
regime, not the civilian population. As long as the repression continues, we will continue
to put pressure on those responsible for it.”

This is the fifteenth time the EU imposes restrictive measures against the Syrian regime
since the start of the violent repression against the civilian population. Today’s decisions
bring the total number of persons subject to sanctions to 128 whereas 43 entities are now
affected by an EU asset freeze.
The legal acts, including the list of additional designations, will be published in the EU
Official Journal of 15 May 2012.
See also: Council conclusions on Syria.
For more information on EU sanctions against the Syrian regime, see factsheet European
Union and Syria.

The original text is can be viewed here.

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About Leif Eriksson

Leif Eriksson has worked in the field of asylum at the Swedish Migration Agency specializing in the Middle East, Schengen and the Dublin Regulation, as Migration Attaché and head of the migration section at the Swedish Embassy in Damascus 2005 - 2008, as a resettlement consultant at the UNHCR branch office in Damascus 2008 - 2009, Consul at the Swedish Consulate General in Jerusalem 2012 - 2013 and associate RSD/RST officer at UNHCR in Beirut 2013 - 2014. He currently lives in Tbilisi, Georgia.
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