In Libya, 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 EU and UN are in emergency sessions to decide on what action to take. Let’s flood UN delegations, EU Foreign Ministers and the High Representative for the EU with messages urging them to impose targeted sanctions, asset freezes and a no fly zone that could stop the crackdown. Click below to send a message:
Dear United Nations Security Council delegates,
European Foreign Ministers, and High Representative Catherine Ashton,
The violence in Libya must end. I urge you:
a) impose a no-fly zone to stop the aerial bombings of civilians
b) freeze assets belonging to Qaddafi, his family, and his high command
c) impose targeted sanctions against the regime
d) initiate international prosecutions of military officials involved in the crackdown.
Thank you for sending a message to the UN Security Council! We need to act quickly to get the UN to act and stop the violent crackdown on protesters in Libya. The more people join this campaign, the more powerful our call to the Security Council will be. Please help spread the word — forward this link to friends and family, and post it on Facebook: http://www.avaaz.org/en/libya_stop_the_crackdown/97.php?cl_tta_sign=b199ddbe808707e19bbb4882cab895c7 Thanks so much, The Avaaz Team ———– Forward Avaaz’s original alert below: Dear friends, In Libya, 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 (UNSC) is holding an emergency meeting on Libya now. If we can pressure them to agree to a no-fly zone over Libya, a freeze of Qaddafi’s, his family’s and his high command’s assets, 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 government forces. Click to send a message directly to all the UNSC delegations to stop the violence and share this with everyone — let’s inundate them with messages and spur them to action: http://www.avaaz.org/en/libya_stop_the_crackdown/97.php?cl_tta_sign=b199ddbe808707e19bbb4882cab895c7 Colonel Qaddafi came to power through a military coup and has ruled with an iron fist for 42 years with no parliament or constitution. He 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 have taken to the streets and hundreds have been massacred. UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says attacks ‘may amount to crimes against humanity’. Appalled by the atrocities, Libyan diplomats and some army high command have already defected 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. Brazil holds the UNSC Presidency, 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: http://www.avaaz.org/en/libya_stop_the_crackdown/97.php?cl_tta_sign=b199ddbe808707e19bbb4882cab895c7 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 togethertake action to end the bloodshed and support the Libyans rightful call for change. With hope and determination, Alice, Ricken, Pascal, Graziela, Rewan and the entire Avaaz team Sources UN council to discuss Libya, Al Jazeera http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2011/02/2011221214022682385.html Choas and bloodshed in Libya http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/23/world/africa/23libya.html?_r=1&hp Live updates on Libya from the Guardian and the BBC: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/blog/2011/feb/22/libya-erupts-gaddafi-live-updates http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12307698