Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Libya: the Minister of Labour defector

Labour Minister Libyan, Al Amin Manfur, defected when he was in Geneva for the Assembly of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) said, Tuesday, June 7, the Libyan Mission to the UN. "Yes, it was confirmed his defection," said a representative of the Libyan mission in Geneva, after information in this direction have appeared on sites Helvetian.

In February, during a special session of the Council of Human Rights on Libya, the Libyan diplomatic mission had defected in full session, to applause from members of the UN organization. The European Union has declared its hand on Tuesday for sanctions against six port authorities controlled by the Libyan regime of Muammar Gaddafi because of "the gravity of the situation in the country," the EU said in a statement.

The list of affected ports will be published Wednesday in the Official Journal of the EU. The EU has already imposed a freeze on assets and visa bans against Colonel Qaddafi, his entourage and companies suspected of funding the plan. Among those companies, contained the main oil company of Libya's national airline NOC and several of its subsidiaries.

Concretely, the EU sanctions against companies involve the freezing of funds and economic resources. They prohibit making payments on their behalf. Since the beginning of the Libyan crisis, the EU has also imposed an arms embargo and a ban on materials that can be used for repression. In applying these sanctions, billions of euros of Libyan assets were frozen by the different European countries: between 6 and 7 in Italy more than a billion in Sweden, several billion in Germany.

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