For Immediate Release: February 23, 2011
Washington, DC – Today, in the wake of Colonel Moammar Gaddafi’s calls for Libyans to chase down, harm or hand over anti-government protestors, Human Rights First is calling on the Obama Administration to take a series of immediate steps to address ongoing crimes against humanity.
“The Obama Administration must not hesitate to do what is necessary to stop the current blood bath in Libya. Sober words and speeches are not enough. This crisis demands concrete steps to bring those responsible for these atrocities to justice and to cut off Colonel Gaddafi’s access to the tools he needs to carry out these crimes,” said Human Rights First’s Neil Hicks.
According to Human Rights First, the Obama Administration should immediately take the following actions:
- Lead efforts to impose multilateral sanctions on the Libyan government through the United Nations.
- Call for immediate enforcement of a no-fly zone over Libya and an arms embargo to the nation.
- Impose targeted sanctions on Gaddafi, his family members and others now implicated in human rights abuses and possible crimes against humanity.
- Support efforts to remove Libya from membership of the United Nations Human Rights Council and mobilize support from allies in Africa and Arab World at the United Nations General Assembly.
- Issue a complete suspension of all U.S. exports to Libya except humanitarian and medical supplies.
“The United States has a responsibility to stand up for those in Libya who have been targeted with violence and gunned down despite their peaceful protests for freedom. It must work with its international allies and the United Nations to bring this situation under control,” concluded Hicks.