The European Union slapped sanctions on Eritrea on Monday for alleged human rights violations, including extra-judicial killings, torture, enforced disappearances, and arbitrary arrests. AfricaNews reports that the sanctions, which come as part of a new sanctions system which aims to punish human rights abuses, will mean asset freezes in the European Union and individuals and entities in the bloc can not make funds available to those listed. Eritrea’s foreign ministry reacted by saying the EU’s decision was “malicious” and accused the bloc of bridging a divide between Eritrea and Ethiopia. It also said the EU was trying to bring back power to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front.