UN condemns violence, extends sanctions on CAfrican Republic

The Security Council is condemning ongoing violence and instability in Central African Republic in a resolution extending an arms embargo on the country and sanctions on individuals and entities for a year.

The resolution adopted unanimously Tuesday by the council also condemns acts of incitement to violence that undermine peace, especially "on an ethnic or religious basis," and says for the first time that those responsible could face sanctions.

It says the council can also impose sanctions for undermining peace or security in CAR, for violating international human rights and humanitarian law, for directing or committing acts involving sexual or gender based violence, and for supporting criminal networks.

The CAR sanctions blacklist currently includes 11 individuals and two entities — a diamond-purchasing organization and the Lord's Resistance Army.