Q&A: Syria sanctions


The international community has imposed wide-ranging sanctions on President Bashar al-Assad's regime, in an attempt to put pressure on the Syrian government to stop using violence against demonstrators.

The Arab League, European Union, United States and Turkey have all imposed economic sanctions on Syrian individuals and companies. In March, First Lady Asma al-Assad became the latest person connected to the regime to be targeted for sanctions when EU foreign ministers imposed a travel ban and asset freeze on her.