A message from Avaaz.org
babelmed - 25/02/2011
The people of Libya are being slaughtered by their own government. The UN is in emergency meetings right now and could freeze the regime’s assets, impose a no-fly zone, and threaten trials in international courts. Tell the UN to act now to stop the bloodshed.
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. If we can pressure them to agree to a no-fly zone over Libya, an asset freeze on Gaddafi and his generals, targeted sanctions against the regime, and international prosecution of any military officials involved in the crackdown – this could stop air force bombings and split Gaddafi’s command structure.
Click to send a message directly to all the UN Security Council delegations to stop the violence.
Colonel Gaddafi 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.
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’.
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.
We don’t have long to influence the UNSC – let’s flood their inboxes with messages from across the world. Send a message now.
With hope and determination,
Alice, Ricken, Pascal, Graziela, Rewan and the entire Avaaz team.