Australia is ramping up sanctions against the Syrian regime
Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd says the Australian government strongly condemns the recent actions of the Syrian regime in violently suppressing protests.
He said intimidation and human rights abuses were deplorable.
“The government is ramping up targeted financial sanctions against key regime figures responsible for human rights abuses and lethal suppression of peaceful protests in Syria,” he said in a statement on Friday.
The government also will impose an embargo on arms and other equipment used for internal repression.
“This builds on Australia’s financial sanctions against key regime members initiated in April,” he said.
Australia also has co-sponsored a resolution in the UN Human Rights Council on April 29 condemning the use of lethal force against protesters.
Mr Rudd welcomed Syria’s withdrawal as a candidate for the UN Human Rights Council.
“Syria’s membership of the council would have been an affront to the people of Syria and the international community,” he said.