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Russia, China abstain on UN vote to punish Libya rapists

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and on Monday refused to back a UN resolution that will allow the to slap sanctions on perpetrators of and sexual violence in

The British-drafted resolution renewing sanctions on was adopted by a vote of 13 in favour in the 15-member council.

and abstained but did not use their veto power to block the measure that expanded the criteria for applying sanctions to include gender-based violence.

Russian accused the and Sweden, which pushed for the new sanctions criteria, of trying to score political points at home.

"This is populism distilled in its purest form," Nebenzia told the council, who noted that preventing sex crimes in and the "is the remit of the national governments."

"Sexual and gender-based violence are part of crime in any specific country," said the ambassador, adding that the council should focus on threats to international security.

The council has added sexual violence as a criteria for sanctions in recent resolutions on the and

Swedish said he hoped that adding the new sanctions criteria will have a "deterrent effect and that there will be accountability for such crimes."

Dutch said it was "an important step forward" for the UN council to slap sanctions on perpetrators of sexual violence "for instance in the refugee camps that women refugees."

UN officials have warned that militia members, migrant smugglers and criminal gangs often resort to in Libya, which has descended into chaos since the ouster of Moamer Kadhafi in 2011.

The council in June for the first time imposed sanctions on six individuals linked to Libyan

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First Published: Tue, November 06 2018. 00:35 IST