15 üyesi bulunan Güvenlik Konseyi'nin, karar tasarısını tüm üyelerinin oybirliğiyle kabul etmesi büyük önem taşıyor.
Kararda Libya rejimine yönelik silah ambargosu getiriliyor, Libya lideri Muammer Kaddafi, akrabaları ve rejimin önemli mensuplarının mal varlıkları donduruluyor, bu kişilere karşı uluslararası seyahat yasağı getiriliyor, ayrıca ülkedeki protestoculara karşı hükümetin şiddet uygulamasının Uluslararası Ceza Mahkemesi'ne havale edilmesi isteniyor.
UN Security Council hits Qaddafi with sanctions over crackdown
The UN Security Council on Saturday unanimously ordered a travel and assets ban on Moammar Qaddafi"s regime and a crimes against humanity investigation into the bloodshed blamed on the Libyan strongman.
A vote by the 15-nation body at a solemn Saturday night meeting also called for an immediate arms embargo against Libya, where the UN says more than 1,000 people have been killed in attacks blamed on Qaddafi loyalists.
The council made a new demand for an immediate end to the violence, which it said had been incited "from the highest level" of Libyan leaders.
The travel ban and assets freeze in Resolution 1970 targets the 68-year-old Libyan leader, four of his sons and daughter Aisha, and top defense and intelligence officials accused of playing a role in the bloodshed.
The 16 names on the sanctions list were cut from 22 during negotiations. Diplomats said this was a move to encourage senior regime members to turn against Qaddafi.
The bloodshed was referred to the International Criminal Court because the council said "the widespread and systematic attacks currently taking place [in Libya] against the civilian population may amount to crimes against humanity."
Under the resolution all arms sales to Libya must stop immediately. The resolution also called on Libya to let in humanitarian supplies and to protect foreigners.
The measures were "a powerful signal of the determination of the international community to stand with the people of Libya and determine their own future," said Britain's UN ambassador Mark Lyall Grant who led the resolution campaign with France, Germany and the United States.