Violence continued to escalate, civilian casualties began to mount, and the rebel force grew in strength and expanded the territory under its control beyond Benghazi. Refugee flows surged, and at least one P5 Member (France) recognized the interim government (the National Transitional Council or NTC). France also took the lead in urging UNSC support for a no fly zone, a move supported by the UK and (more importantly) the Arab League. When Qadhafi threatened to take Benghazi back by force, the UNSC passed UNSCR 1973 (17 March 2011) to protect civilians from the regime, authorizing a no fly zone and expanding the scope of the financial sanctions. NATO took over military operations and controversies arose among the P5 over the scope of its role in protecting the civilian population. Leaders of France, the UK and the US called on Qadhafi to step down in a joint statement (15 April 2011).
Coerce Qadhafi to call off the attack on Benghazi and agree to a cease fire (and to induce defection of senior members of the regime).
Constrain the regime from being able to engage in further armed violence against its population.
Signal the regime leadership and leaders elsewhere in the region that excessive use of force is not an appropriate response to mass unrest (R2P).
Ongoing arms imports and exports embargo on all parties to the conflict and travel ban on Qadhafi family and key members of the regime.
Asset freeze was expanded to Libyan state-owned entities (Libyan authorities, Central Bank, National Oil Corporation, Libyan Investment Authority and the Libyan Africa Investment Portfolio).
Newly imposed aviation ban (and a no-fly zone).
Newly imposed conditional aviation ban (if reasonable grounds for arms embargo violation).
Sanctions Committee in place, Panel of Experts created. Designation criteria were specified and targets designated (maximum number of designees during the episode – 20 individual travel ban designees and 15 individual and 6 entity asset freeze designees). Enforcement authorities specified.
Qadhafi attacked Benghazi, but was driven back by NTC forces and French fighter planes enforcing the no fly zone; Qadhafi agreed to AU peace process, but it was rejected by the NTC.
Authorization of use of force for the protection of civilians (no fly zone) more important than sanctions in repelling attack on Benghazi.
Evidence of significant financial constraint, as sanctions were expanded (ATM cash withdrawals were capped in the country and interest rates were doubled to try to attract capital), confirmed by a member of the Libya Panel of Experts; cash disbursements were critical to the payment of mercenary forces.
Financial sanctions were necessary, but other constraints on the regime were created by the imposition of the no fly zone.
Defections continued, and even Qadhafi’s supporters outside the country were more concerned with how to manage his exit than to maintain his rule.
Authorization of use of force for the protection of civilians (no fly zone, ICC referral and diplomatic pressure) were more important than sanctions.
Increase in corruption and criminality, increase in human rights violations, harmful effects on neighboring states, strengthening of political factions, significant administrative burden on implementing states, humanitarian consequences, reduction of local institutional capacity, widespread harmful economic consequences.