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UNSC sanctions committees can do more

  • Ahmad Shaleh Bawazir and Purna Cita Nugraha

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New York   /   Mon, August 6, 2018   /  01:35 pm
UNSC sanctions committees can do more The chamber of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in New York. (Shutterstock.com/Andrea Izzotti)

The authority to impose sanctions to prevent, settle and mitigate conflicts seems to make the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) more powerful than other bodies in the entire UN system. 

Many would disagree, but the fact that only the UNSC has the mandate to enforce measures, including sanctions that all UN member states must comply with, is undeniable.

It will be an excellent opportunity for Indonesia, which will start its term in the council at the beginning of 2019, to partake in the decision-making process of the council, including in sanctions-related policy. 

It is important to note that in the last two decades, the UNSC has shifted from imposing comprehensive sanctions, which target the entire population and economy of a state, to targeted sanctions, which are aimed at individuals, government institutions and private entit...

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