UN orders sanctions on Kadhafi over crackdown

By Agence France-Presse
Saturday, February 26, 2011 20:39 EDT
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UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – The UN Security Council unanimously ordered an arms embargo against Libya, a travel and assets ban on Moamer Kadhafi’s regime and a crimes against humanity investigation into the bloodshed.

The council made a new demand for an immediate end to attacks on civilians by Kadhafi loyalists which it said had been incited “from the highest level of the Libyan government.”

The United Nations says more than 1,000 people have been killed in the unrest.

All 15 members of the Security Council voted for Resolution 1970 at a rare Saturday night session of the United Nations’ supreme peace and security body.

The travel ban and assets will target the 68-year-old Libyan leader, seven of his sons and daughter Aisha, other family members and top defense and intelligence officials accused of playing a role in the bloodshed.

There are 16 names on the sanctions list in all. The figure was cut from 22 during negotiations on Saturday.

The civilians deaths were referred to the International Criminal Court because the council said “the widespread and systematic attacks currently taking place (in Libya) against the civilian population may amount to crimes against humanity.”

Under the resolution, all arms sales to Libya will have to stop immediately.

The landmark vote at the Security Council saw the United States support referring a crisis case to the International Criminal Court for the first time.

The United States is not a member of the ICC and abstained when the Darfur conflict in Sudan was sent to the international court in 2005 for a crimes against humanity investigation.

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/6EX2KJ7LSZMDCBZWCH62Q7CABY Sandra

    How do we even know the stories are real? The MSM keeps saying they can’t confirm any reports yet the UN is relying on those reports! This is like the Lockerbie deception all over again.

  • http://www.balmorheaprogressive.blogspot.com/ BaileyWuXiang

    The U.S. is not a member of the International Criminal Court in the Hague because Cheney prevented it the last time the issue came up. I think we all know the reason for his concern.

  • ghostof911

    That was one of the first orders of business after Junior moved into the White House.

    The Bush administration will divorce itself from the treaty creating the world’s first permanent war-crimes tribunal, according to a spokesman.

    In April (2002), the administration refused to submit the controversial treaty for ratification, citing concerns that American citizens would be open to potentially politically motivated prosecutions.

    Politically motivated prosecutions – such as, for invading a defenseless country for no justification other than to plunder its mineral wealth.


  • ghostof911

    The PNAC gangsters are back, sharpening their knives to steal Libya’s oil.

    In a distinct echo of the tactics they pursued to encourage U.S. intervention in the Balkans and Iraq, a familiar clutch of neoconservatives appealed Friday for the United States and NATO to “immediately” prepare military action to help bring down the regime of Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi and end the violence that is believed to have killed well over a thousand people in the past week.

    The perps are the same ones from the 9/11 rogues gallery.

    Among the letter’s signers were former Bush deputy defense secretary Paul Wolfowitz; Bush’s top global democracy and Middle East adviser; Elliott Abrams; former Bush speechwriters Marc Thiessen and Peter Wehner; Vice President Dick Cheney’s former deputy national security adviser, John Hannah, as well as FPI’s four directors: Weekly Standard editor William Kristol; Brookings Institution fellow Robert Kagan; former Iraq Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman Dan Senor; and former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy and Ambassador to Turkey, Eric Edelman.


  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/XIWZRWAXJQKAJ4QEHKMVMCMLAY brian

    Ok, so you can attack another country.

    You can split off the people you don’t like into a quasi-seperate entity and attack them.

    But attacking your own people, that’s RIGHT OUT!

    Just making sure we got that clear.

  • Anonymous

    Where was the United Nations in 1979 when Idi Amin’s army was killing millions in Uganda?
    Last I heard, Idi Amin was in Saudi Arabia as a guest.

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  • Anonymous

    Will the UN sanction the US for its attrocities when the revolution comes to the US?