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Learn About the Libyan Crisis


What began as peaceful protests demanding that human rights lawyer Fathi Turbel be released from prison on February 15 is now a full-fledged revolution. While a ban on foreign journalists in Libya makes it difficult to get a clear picture of the events on the ground, one thing is certain: the Libyan government is using violence to control protestors and shows no fear of continuing to do so.  Human rights organizations estimate that 600-2000 people have been killed, including civilians attacked by government air strikes, since the protests began.  Gaddafi maintains control of the capital Tripoli in the west, but protestors have essentially claimed the eastern half of the country, including the large city Benghazi.  Numerous high-level Libyan officials and significant portions of the army have defected, reportedly because of Gaddafi’s commands to attack civilians.

The international community must uphold its commitment to the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and apply it to Libyan civilians.  The government continues to encourage and commit massive human rights abuses, including indiscriminate fire at unarmed protestors.  Colonel Gaddafi has made statements that Libya’s permanent deputy representative to the UN has characterized as “a call to start a genocide against the Libyan people”.  There are a number of things that the international community can do to pressure Gaddafi to end the violence, from imposing sanctions on the Gaddafi family, to enforcing a no-fly zone in Libya, to possible intervention.

Learn how to take action here:

Take a look at these articles to learn more about the situation on the ground in Libya:

These articles elaborate on the actions that the international community must take because of its Responsibility to Protect the Libyan people.


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