Libya’s armed forces are using machine guns and fighter jets against pro-democracy protesters – hundreds have been killed and, without immediate international action, it could spiral into a national bloodbath.
The United Nations Security Council is holding emergency sessions on Libya now. If we can pressure them to agree to a no-fly zone over Libya, an asset freeze on Qaddafi and his generals, targeted sanctions against the regime, and international prosecution of any military officials involved in the crackdown — this could stop airforce bombings and split Qaddafi’s command structure.
We have no time to lose — the people of Libya are being slaughtered by their own government. Click to send a message directly to all the UN Security Council delegations to stop the violence, and share this with everyone — let’s spur the UN to action with a flood of messages:
Colonel Qaddafi has ruled with an iron fist for 42 years with no parliament or constitution. He is the longest-serving dictator in Africa and the Middle East. No foreign press are allowed in Libya, and the government has shut down the internet and mobile phone networks in an attempt to hide the brutal violence. But protesters, who are demanding regime change and basic rights, are reporting that thousands of people are still taking to the streets even though hundreds have been massacred. UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says the government’s attacks ‘may amount to crimes against humanity’.
Appalled by the atrocities, Libyan diplomats and some army high command have already defected from the regime. If the UN can ramp up the pressure on Qaddafi and his cohorts – confiscating their riches and threatening them with trials — those commanding the brutality may reconsider and stop the bloodshed.
The UN Security Council presidency is now held by Brazil, a government with a strong commitment to human rights with whom Avaaz has a strong campaigning reputation. We don’t have long to influence the UNSC — let’s flood their inboxes with messages from across the world! Send a message and forward this to friends and family:
The people of Libya are being gunned down for demanding freedom, health, education and a decent wage — basic needs that we all share. Today, as a global community, let’s raise our voices from every corner of the world to condemn the shocking massacres, and together take action to end the bloodshed and support the Libyans’ rightful call for change.
UN council to discuss Libya, Al Jazeera
Choas and bloodshed in Libya
Live updates on Libya from the Guardian and the BBC: