Council of EU Adopts Framework for Sanctions Against Niger Coup Leaders
© AP Photo / Frank AugsteinAn EU flag flies on a building located in a one way street in London, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020
© AP Photo / Frank Augstein
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Council of the European Union said on Monday it had adopted a framework to sanction individuals and entities in Niger behind the military takeover in July.
The restrictive measures include an asset freeze, with a humanitarian exemption in line with a UN Security Council resolution, a prohibition on making funds available for individuals and entities, as well as a travel ban for individuals, the statement added.
"Thanks to this new framework, the EU would be able to sanction individuals and entities responsible for actions that threaten the peace, stability and security of Niger, undermine the constitutional order, democracy, the rule of law, or constitute serious human rights violations or abuses, or violations of applicable international humanitarian law in Niger," the council's statement read.
With the newly adopted framework, the bloc aims to support the efforts of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) "towards swift return to constitutional order in Niger."
The EU had already suspended development and security cooperation with the West African nation following the coup.
A coup took place in Niger on July 26. President Mohamed Bazoum was ousted and detained by his own guard, led by Gen. Abdourahmane Tchiani. Following the military takeover, ECOWAS suspended all cooperation with Niger and threatened military intervention if the rebels do not reinstate Bazoum.