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US to announce sanctions on foreigners

2012-04-23 09:01

Washington - US President Barack Obama will issue an executive order on Monday allowing sanctions to be imposed against foreigners who use technologies to carry out human rights abuses, The Washington Post said.

The order would target those found to have used technologies including cellphone tracking or the internet to carry out violations.

Citing unnamed officials, the newspaper said the governments of Syria and Iran have used social media and cellphone technology to crack down on dissent and conduct surveillance.

The executive order, which Obama will announce during a speech at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, will also target companies and individuals assisting the governments of Iran and Syria, the paper said.

The report came after troops in Syria shot dead six civilians on Sunday in Homs despite the presence of UN military observers in the rebel province to pave the way for a 300-strong mission approved by the Security Council.

The UN says well over 9 000 Syrians have been killed since democracy protests erupted in March 2011, while other monitors put the figure at more than 11 000.

Comments
  • ludlowdj - 2012-04-23 09:44

    The US punishing the rest of the world for what it itself does on a daily basis.

  • Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-23 09:57

    US govt hypocrites.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-23 10:30

      Dylan, If anyone is a hyprocrite, it must be you; Using your freedom to deny others the same !!!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-04-23 10:30

      Dylan, If anyone is a hyprocrite, it must be you; Using your freedom to deny others the same !!!!!

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-23 13:40

      There goes Anthony once again missing my point. My point being the us and her allies have no interest at all about the Syrians rights or freedoms which i believe they are fully entitled to. All the west has done is infiltrate a legitimate uprising to further there own geo political aims hence the claims of the earlier article of the british intelligence agencies. But no I'm clearly delusional.

      Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-04-23 13:40

      There goes Anthony once again missing my point. My point being the us and her allies have no interest at all about the Syrians rights or freedoms which i believe they are fully entitled to. All the west has done is infiltrate a legitimate uprising to further there own geo political aims hence the claims of the earlier article of the british intelligence agencies. But no I'm clearly delusional.

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