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EU Tighens Sanctions Against Guinea Junta

Tuesday, 22 December 2009 11:11 AM

BRUSSELS — The European Union toughened its sanctions Tuesday against the junta in Guinea, introducing an assets freeze and an export ban on equipment that could be used for state repression, diplomats said.

The moves come on top of an arms embargo imposed in October and added fresh names to a European travel-ban, increasing the total of persona non grata from 42 "to around 70" a diplomatic source said.

Junta head Captain Moussa Dadis Camara is "high on the list" he added.

The origin sanctions were introduced in response to "gross violations of human rights, including many deaths, injuries and rape."

A UN inquiry panel ruled on Monday that the killing of government opponents by troops in Guinea in September amounted to "crimes against humanity" and that the west African country's military rulers should be held responsible. Related article: UN hits out at Guinea crimes

"Considering the gravity of the situation in the Republic of Guinea, it is agreed to impose supplementary restrictive measures against members of the national council for democracy and development (CNDD) and those people physically or morally'.. responsible for the violent repression or the political impasse which the country finds itself in," the EU said in a French-language text.

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