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UN Security Council Lifts Arms Embargo on Eritrea

The United Nations Security Council today voted to lift a nearly decade-old arms embargo imposed on Eritrea, removing one of the government’s favorite excuses for denying its citizens basic rights. The Security Council had justified its embargo on two grounds: Eritrea’s alleged weapons support for the militant Islamist group al-Shabaab in Somalia, and the country’s refusal to release prisoners of war and withdraw from territory it seized during a two-day war with Djibouti in 2008. A monitoring group, set up by the Security Council to oversee compliance with the sanctions, found no recent evidence…

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