Libyan Bloodbath, International Response Anemic

Feb 22, 2011 No Comments by

Gaddafi in flames at Paris protest rally


Observers inside Libya suggest dictator Muammar Gaddafi is under serious threat. He has ruled Libya for the past 40 years, chalking up the record as the Arab nations longest serving bully.

The regime of Col Muammar Gaddafi of Libya was on the verge of collapse on Monday night, but the dictator hit out at the “dogs” who claimed he had fled the country. Insiders say he will retreat to the southern town of Serbha where he grew up. He has established a stronghold in the area.

The frailty of his militant structure was exposed when two colonels from his airforce flew their jets to Malta refusing order to attack protesters. Senior Gaddafi leaders fled the tyrant. His public security minister, justice minister and seven Libyan ambassadors stationed around the world, all quit.

Ibrahim Omar al-Dabashi, Libyan deputy ambassador to the U.N. called for international intervention to halt his leader’s ‘genocide.’

The United Nation remains toothless in the face of the slaughter. People on the streets of Tripoli no longer need speeches they need protection. I am convinced most world leaders make speeches and issue press releases to look in control and efficient particularly for the benefit of their domestic market. They make little or no impression where the help is so urgently needed.

A number of NGO’S made a public stand. They made an appeal to the United Nations, an organisation openly exposed as biassed, out of touch and in the trough with the evil in our world.

Read on.

Urgent Appeal to Stop Atrocities in Libya

This appeal was sent by 70 NGOs to the US, EU, and UN, 21 February 2011

We, the undersigned non-governmental, human rights, and humanitarian organizations, urge you to mobilize the United Nations and the international community and take immediate action to halt the mass atrocities now being perpetrated by the Libyan government against its own people. The inexcusable silence cannot continue.

As you know, in the past several days, Colonel Moammar Gadhafi’s forces are estimated to have deliberately killed hundreds of peaceful protesters and innocent bystanders across the country. In the city of Benghazi alone, one doctor reported seeing at least 200 dead bodies. Witnesses report that a mixture of special commandos, foreign mercenaries and regime loyalists have attacked demonstrators with knives, assault rifles and heavy-caliber weapons.

Snipers are shooting peaceful protesters. Artillery and helicopter gunships have been used against crowds of demonstrators. Thugs armed with hammers and swords attacked families in their homes. Hospital officials report numerous victims shot in the head and chest, and one struck on the head by an anti-aircraft missile. Tanks are reported to be on the streets and crushing innocent bystanders. Witnesses report that mercenaries are shooting indiscriminately from helicopters and from the top of roofs. Women and children were seen jumping off Giuliana Bridge in Benghazi to escape. Many of them were killed by the impact of hitting the water, while others were drowned. The Libyan regime is seeking to hide all of these crimes by shutting off contact with the outside world. Foreign journalists have been refused entry. Internet and phone lines have been cut or disrupted.

There is no question here about intent. The government media has published open threats, promising that demonstrators would meet a “violent and thunderous response.”
Accordingly, the government of Libya is committing gross and systematic violations of the right to life as guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Citizens seeking to exercise their rights to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly are being massacred by the government.

Moreover, the government of Libya is committing crimes against humanity, as defined by the Explanatory Memorandum to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. The Libyan government’s mass killing of innocent civilians amount to particularly odious offences which constitute a serious attack on human dignity. As confirmed by numerous oral and video testimonies gathered by human rights organizations and news agencies, the Libyan government’s assault on its civilian population are not isolated or sporadic events. Rather, these actions constitute a widespread and systematic policy and practice of atrocities, intentionally committed, including murder, political persecution and other inhumane acts which reach the threshold of crimes against humanity.

Responsibility to Protect
Under the 2005 World Summit Outcome Document, you have a clear and unambiguous responsibility to protect the people of Libya. The international community, through the United Nations, has the responsibility to use appropriate diplomatic, humanitarian and other peaceful means, in accordance with Chapters VI and VIII of the Charter, to help to protect the Libyan population. Because the Libyan national authorities are manifestly failing to protect their population from crimes against humanity, should peaceful means be inadequate, member states are obliged to take collective action, in a timely and decisive manner, through the Security Council, in accordance with the UN Charter, including Chapter VII.

In addition, we urge you to convene an emergency Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council, whose members have a duty, under UNGA Resolution 60/251, to address situations of gross and systematic violations of violations of human rights. The session should:

• Call for the General Assembly to suspend Libya’s Council membership, pursuant to Article 8 of Resolution 60/251, which applies to member states that commit gross and systematic violations of human rights.

• Strongly condemn, and demand an immediate end to, Libya’s massacre of its own citizens.

• Dispatch immediately an international mission of independent experts to collect relevant facts and document violations of international human rights law and crimes against humanity, in order to end the impunity of the Libyan government. The mission should include an independent medical investigation into the deaths, and an investigation of the unlawful interference by the Libyan government with the access to and treatment of wounded.

• Call on the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights and the Council’s relevant Special Procedures to closely monitor the situation and take action as needed.

• Call on the Council to remain seized of the matter and address the Libyan situation at its upcoming 16th regular session in March.
Member states and high officials of the United Nations have a responsibility to protect the people of Libya from what are preventable crimes. We urge you to use all available measures and levers to end atrocities throughout the country.

We urge you to send a clear message that, collectively, the international community, the Security Council and the Human Rights Council will not be bystanders to these mass atrocities. The credibility of the United Nations — and many innocent lives — are at stake.


1. Hillel C. Neuer, United Nations Watch, Switzerland

2. Dr. Sliman Bouchuiguir, Libyan League for Human Rights, Switzerland

3. Mary Kay Stratis, Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc., USA

4. Carl Gershman, President, The National Endowment for Democracy, USA

5. Yang Jianli, Initiatives for China, USA – Former prisoner of conscience and survivor of Tiananmen Square massacre

6. Yang Kuanxing, YIbao – Chinese writer, original signatory to Charter 08, the manifesto calling for political reform in China

7. Matteo Mecacci, MP, Nonviolent Radical Party, Italy

8. Frank Donaghue, Physicians for Human Rights, USA

9. Nazanin Afshin-Jam, President and Co Founder of Stop Child Executions, Canada

10. Bhawani Shanker Kusum, Gram Bharati Samiti, India

11. G. Jasper Cummeh, III, Actions for Genuine Democratic Alternatives, Liberia

12. Michel Monod, International Fellowship of Reconciliation, Switzerland

13. Esohe Aghatise, Associazione Iroko Onlus, Italy

14. Harris O. Schoenberg, UN Reform Advocates, USA

15. Myrna Lachenal, World Federation for Mental Health, Switzerland

16. Nguyên Lê Nhân Quyên, Vietnamese League for Human Rights, Switzerland

17. Sylvia G. Iriondo, Mothers and Women against Repression (M.A.R. Por Cuba), USA

18. David Littman, World Union for Progressive Judaism, Switzerland

19. Barrister Festus Okoye, Executive Director, Human Rights Monitor, Nigeria

20. Theodor Rathgeber, Forum Human Rights, Germany

21. Derik Uya Alfred, Kwoto Cultural Center, Juba – Southern Sudan

22. Carlos E Tinoco, Consorcio Desarrollo y Justicia, A.C., Venezuela

23. Abdurashid Abdulle Abikar, Center for Youth and Democracy, Somalia

24. Dr. Vanee Meisinger, Pan Pacific and South East Asia Women’s Association, Thailand

25. Simone Abel, René Cassin, United Kingdom

26. Dr. Francois Ullmann, Ingenieurs du Monde, Switzerland

27. Sr Catherine Waters, Catholic International Education Office, USA

28. Gibreil Hamid, Darfur Peace and Development Centre, Switzerland

29. Nino Sergi, INTERSOS – Humanitarian Aid Organization, Italy

30. Daniel Feng, Foundation for China in the 21st Century

31. Ann Buwalda, Executive Director, Jubilee Campaign, USA

32. Leo Igwe, Nigerian Humanist Movement, Nigeria

33. Chandika Gautam, Member, Nepal International Consumers Union, Nepa

34. Zohra Yusuf, Council Member, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Pakistan

35. Sekou Doumbia, Femmes & Droits Humains, Mali

36. Cyrille Rolande Bechon, Executive Directror, Nouveaux Droits de l’Homme, Cameroon

37. Dr Frene Ginwala, Former Speaker, South Africa’s First democratically elected National Assembly

38. Valnora Edwin, National Coordinator, Campaign for Good Governance, Sierra Leone

39. Patrick Mpedzisi, African Democracy Forum, South Africa

40. Phil ya Nangoloh, NamRights, Namibia

41. Jaime Vintimilla, Centro Sobre Derecho y Sociedad (CIDES), Ecuador

42. Tilder Kumichii Ndichia, Gender Empowerment and Development, Cameroon

43. Amina Bouayach, Moroccan Organisation for Human Rights, Morocco

44. Abdullahi Mohamoud Nur, CEPID-Horn Africa, Somalia

45. Delly Mawazo Sesete, Resarch Center on Environment, Democracy & Human Rights, DR Congo

46. Joseph Rahall, Green Scenery, Sierra Leone

47. Arnold Djuma, Solidarité pour la Promotion Sociale et la Paix, Rwanda

48. Panayote Dimitras, Greek Helsinki Monitor, Greece

49. Carlos E. Ponce, Latina American and Caribbean Network for Democracy, Venezuela

50. Fr. Paul Lansu, Pax Christi International, Belgium

51. Tharsika Pakeerathan, Swiss Council of Eelam Tamils, Switzerland

52. Ibrahima Niang, Commission des Droits Humains du Mouvement Citoyen, Senegal

53. Virginia Swain, Center for Global Community and World Law, USA

54. Dr Yael Danieli, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, USA

55. Savita Gokhale, Loksadhana, India

56. Hasan Dheeree, Biland Awdal Organization, Somalia

57. Pacifique Nininahazwe, Forum pour le Renforcement de la Société Civile, Burundi

58. Derik Uya Alfred, Kwoto Cultural Center, Southern Sudan

59. Michel Golubnichy, International Association of Peace Foundations, Russia

60. Edward Ladu Terso, Multi Media Training Center, South Sudan
61. Hafiz Mohammed, Justice Africa Sudan, Sudan

62. Sammy Eppel, B’nai B’rith Human Rights Commission, Venezuela

63. Jack Jeffery, International Humanist and Ethical Union, United Kingdom

64. Duy Hoang, Viet Tan, Vietnam

65. Promotion de la Democratie et Protection des Droits Humains, DR Congo

66. Radwan A. Masmoudi, Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy, USA

67. María José Zamora Solórzano, Movimiento por Nicaragua, Nicaragua

68. John Suarez, Cuban Democratic Directorate, USA

69. Mohamed Abdul Malek, Libya Watch, United Kingdom
70. Journalists Union of Russia, Russia

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Ron Ross worked as the first Sports Editor at WINTV. In Wollongong. He ran The Hamburger Hut an outreach and discipleship program for youth. He served with Youth With a Mission in Hawaii, Philippines and Australia. He was senior pastor of the Noosa Baptist Church, Queensland for 9 years. He reported news from Jerusalem for five years and is now the Middle East correspondent for United Christian Broadcasters and travels regularly preaching and teaching.
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