Monday, November 19, 2018
The United Nations Security Council lifted sanctions on Eritrea last week, ending a nine-year period of isolation of the country and rewarding the country's improved relations with neighboring Ethiopia and other countries. The Security Council unanimously voted to end an arms embargo, travel ban, and a freeze on assets held by Eritrea and its political leaders. The sanctions had been first imposed in 2009 after the United Nations determined that Eritrea was arming and training militants who sought to undermine the government of Somalia, although Eritrea itself denied that accusation. For more information, see Carol Morello, U.N. Lifts Sanctions on Eritrea, Ending Nearly a Decade of Isolation, Washington Post, Nov. 15, 2018, at A11.