BRUSSELS, June 23 (Xinhua) -- The Council of European Union (EU) decided to impose an asset freeze and travel ban on 12 Syrian government ministers, according to a statement published on EU's official website on Monday.
The EU foreign ministers meeting in Luxemburg agreed to "reinforced" EU restrictive measures against Syria, targeting 12 ministers of the Syrian government with an asset freeze and a travel ban, accusing them of "responsibility for serious human rights violations."
Monday's decision brings the total of persons subject to EU restrictions on Syria to 191. At the same time, 53 entities linked to the repressive policies, including the Central Bank of Syria, remain under an EU asset freeze.
The names of the designated persons will be published in Tuesday's EU Official Journal when the sanction will enter into force at the same time, according to the statement.