Thursday, May 19, 2011
The U.S. announced yesterday that it is imposing sanctions on the personal finances of Syrian President Bashar al Assad for the first time. The new sanctions also include restrictions on six more of Bashir al Assad's aides. The increased sanctions are in response to the Syrian government's harsh response to anti-government demonstrators. More information can be found in this Washington Post news report.
Meanwhile, the European Union (EU) may be joining in the action. It also announced yesterday that it is considering new sanctions on Bashar al Assad and nine other members of his regime, including visa restrictions and a freeze on personal assets. More details regarding the proposed EU sanctions can be found in this EU Observer report.