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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

US-EU nonresponse to Libyan crisis deplored

24 human rights organizations have called on the United States and the European Union to confront the slaughter going on in Libya in the United Nations Security Council and 'Human Rights' Council, where, incredibly, Libya is a member and has sat in judgment on Israel for the last five years.
Signatories include the U.S.-based National Endowment for Democracy and Physicians for Human Rights, the Geneva-based UN Watch, and 21 other groups from Switzerland, India, Liberia, Italy, Nigeria, Germany, Sudan, Venezuela, Somalia, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.

The letter asserts that the widespread atrocities committed by Libya against its own people are “particularly odious” actions that amount to war crimes, requiring member states to take action through the Security Council under the responsibility to protect doctrine.

The appeal also calls for an emergency session of the Human Rights Council, in which Libya’s membership on that body would be suspended, and an international inquiry team dispatched to he country.

“The muted response of the US and the EU to the Libyan atrocities is not only a let-down to the many Libyans risking their lives for freedom, but a shirking of their obligations, as members of the Security Council and the Human Rights Council, to protect peace and human rights, and to prevent war crimes,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, and an international lawyer who represents Libyan torture victims.

Baroness Ashton’s call today for Libyan forces to exercise ‘restraint’ is entirely inappropriate. We’re dealing with the deliberate murder and massacre of hundreds of peaceful protesters. By signaling diplomatic caution in the face of a bloodbath – instead of urgency and action — the EU is failing the victims. It’s time for basic human rights to come before oil,” said Neuer.

“The EU should also urge the UN and the International Committee of the Red Cross to send urgently-needed medical supplies into Libya, particularly for hospitals in Benghazi. Ashton should attempt to visit Libya after her trip to Cairo tomorrow.” Exiled Libyans in Cairo and members of Egypt’s Doctors Syndicate have sent urgent medical supplies to Libya, but the international community needs to step in, said Neuer.
As you may recall, Neuer represented the Bulgarian nurses and 'Palestinian' doctor who were tortured by the Libyans for 'spreading AIDS' (video of their testimony to the 'Human Rights Council' at that last link).

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At 9:48 AM, Blogger BH in Iowa said...

Where's BHO's demand for Gaddafi to step down?


At 11:30 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Its telling Baronness Ashton is harsher on Israel for allowing Jews to live in Yesha than she is on the Libyans for slaughtering their own people.

What could go wrong indeed

At 2:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Jerusalem Post: the European response--

Hungarian FM tells Lieberman, who is holding talks with EU, that "time is pressing," talks with Palestinians "remain the core issue."

The European Union on Tuesday told Israel that growing instability in the Middle East makes it immediately resume the stalled peace process with the Palestinians.

Unfortunately Israel is confronted by craven wankers whose only response to a world of illusions crashing down on their heads is to double down on stupid.


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