Friday, February 25, 2011

Amnesty International Calls on U.N. Security Council

Amnesty International Calls on U.N. Security Council To Direct Possible ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ Investigation of Libya 
Urges Immediate Action by U.N. to Stop Abuses in Libya

London : Amnesty International said today the International Criminal Court should be directed by the U.N. Security Council to open an investigation into possible crimes against humanity  by Libyan Colonel Al-Gaddafi for unleashing a military assault on Libyan civilians.

Ahead of an emergency meeting by the U.N. Security Council  in  New York Friday, Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty said: "Members of the Security Council must act now to stop the outrageous abuses taking place on the streets of Tripoli and elsewhere in Libya. Colonel al-Gaddafi and his chain of command have to understand they will answer for their actions. They need to see that investigation and prosecution are a reality they will face."

Shetty said: "This should act as a wake-up call to those issuing the orders and those who carry them out: your crimes will not go unpunished." 

The organization repeated its call  to the Security Council to immediately impose an arms embargo on Libya to prevent the transfer of equipment and personnel, and to implement an asset freeze against Colonel al-Gaddafi, those associated with him, and anyone else perpetrating human rights abuses in Libya. 

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