Sunday, February 27, 2011

UN: "MASS VIOLATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS WILL NOT BE TOLERATED"

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http://www.ny1.com/content/top_stories/134678/pressure-mounts-for-libya-s-gadhafi-to-step-down

Source: NY1 News
http://www.ny1.com/content/top_stories/134678/pressure-mounts-for-libya-s-gadhafi-to-step-down

A city council member in Benghazi, Libya says cities under the control of anti-government forces have appointed a former justice minister to lead their provisional government.

Libya's top envoy to the United States says opponents of Moammar Gadhafi are rallying behind efforts to form a new government led by the former minister.

The move comes hours after the United Nations voted unanimously Saturday to impose the sanctions against Libya.

The resolution freezes the assets of Gadhafi and his five children, and bans the family and ten of Gadhafi's close associates from traveling.

The 15-nation council also voted to refer the case to the permanent war crimes tribunal.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the measures send a strong message in support of basic human rights.

President Barack Obama is also calling on Gadhafi to leave immediately.

In his strongest comments since the violence began, the president this weekend said the Libyan leader has lost all legitimacy to rule.

He made the comments during a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Meanwhile, New Yorkers continue to show support for Libyans.

A rally in Times Square of Libyan-Americans was held Saturday to draw attention to the violence in the country.

"We are here to support them, we are with them," said one demonstrator.

"We are trying to change what we already suffered for the past 20, 30, 40 years. People start to talk and I think the people, once they taste freedom, they will never come back to the oppression," said another.

The rally drew about 200 people and was one of many held throughout the city over the past few days.


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