UK sanctions Libyan al-Kaniyat militia and its leaders Minister’s statement

James Cleverly, Minister for the Middle East and North Africa, said:

These new sanctions send a clear message that those responsible for serious human rights violations or breaches of international humanitarian law in Libya will face consequences.

The al-Kaniyat militia and its leaders, Mohamed al-Kani and Abdurahem al-Kani, oversaw a reign of terror in Tarhuna, Libya, which included enforced disappearances, torture, and the killing of civilians. The persistent climate of impunity in Libya must be addressed and justice provided for the victims.


  • Libya is subject to sanctions under the UK Libya sanctions regime. The UK Libya sanctions regime gives effect to the UK’s obligations under United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) including UNSCR 1970 (2011):
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