The Press Association: Libya calls on UN to lift sanctions
Meanwhile, Gaddafi’s government asked the UN Security Council to suspend the sanctions it imposed against Libya a week ago, insisting that “no opposition has been raised to peaceful, unarmed demonstrators”.
From the UN Charter – (there’s more, of course – link follows it)
The Security Council shall determine the existence of any threat to the peace, breach of the peace, or act of aggression and shall make recommendations, or decide what measures shall be taken in accordance with Articles 41 and 42, to maintain or restore international peace and security.
In order to prevent an aggravation of the situation, the Security Council may, before making the recommendations or deciding upon the measures provided for in Article 39, call upon the parties concerned to comply with such provisional measures as it deems necessary or desirable. Such provisional measures shall be without prejudice to the rights, claims, or position of the parties concerned. The Security Council shall duly take account of failure to comply with such provisional measures.
The Security Council may decide what measures not involving the use of armed force are to be employed to give effect to its decisions, and it may call upon the Members of the United Nations to apply such measures. These may include complete or partial interruption of economic relations and of rail, sea, air, postal, telegraphic, radio, and other means of communication, and the severance of diplomatic relations.
Should the Security Council consider that measures provided for in Article 41 would be inadequate or have proved to be inadequate, it may take such action by air, sea, or land forces as may be necessary to maintain or restore international peace and security. Such action may include demonstrations, blockade, and other operations by air, sea, or land forces of Members of the United Nations.
My Note –
I’d say running through the country killing the people who live there would qualify for at the very least cutting off the jackasses’ communications.
Among other things . . .
Although this chapter doesn’t explicitly apply to Libya – it actually does –
and the intentions it covers are inherent in all the charter’s underlying foundations for its purposes –
And, Libya is not, nor has it been “self-governing” –
CHAPTER XI: DECLARATION REGARDING NON-SELF-GOVERNING TERRITORIES
Members of the United Nations which have or assume responsibilities for the administration of territories whose peoples have not yet attained a full measure of self-government recognize the principle that the interests of the inhabitants of these territories are paramount, and accept as a sacred trust the obligation to promote to the utmost, within the system of international peace and security established by the present Charter, the well-being of the inhabitants of these territories, and, to this end:
- to ensure, with due respect for the culture of the peoples concerned, their political, economic, social, and educational advancement, their just treatment, and their protection against abuses;
- to develop self-government, to take due account of the political aspirations of the peoples, and to assist them in the progressive development of their free political institutions, according to the particular circumstances of each territory and its peoples and their varying stages of advancement;
- to further international peace and security;
- to promote constructive measures of development, to encourage research, and to co-operate with one another and, when and where appropriate, with specialized international bodies with a view to the practical achievement of the social, economic, and scientific purposes set forth in this Article; and
- to transmit regularly to the Secretary-General for information purposes, subject to such limitation as security and constitutional considerations may require, statistical and other information of a technical nature relating to economic, social, and educational conditions in the territories for which they are respectively responsible other than those territories to which Chapters XII and XIII apply.
Members of the United Nations also agree that their policy in respect of the territories to which this Chapter applies, no less than in respect of their metropolitan areas, must be based on the general principle of good-neighbourliness, due account being taken of the interests and well-being of the rest of the world, in social, economic, and commercial matters.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi called for the creation of a southern hemisphere alliance mirroring the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, to counteract the influence of the U.S. and Europe.
They spoke yesterday at the second South America-Africa Summit in Venezuela, where Chavez brought together 30 heads of state including Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe and Algeria’s long-time leader Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
“For African countries it’s closer to visit our brothers in South America and we share the same interests of liberation and revolutionary ideals,” Qaddafi said. “Colonialism humiliated us, insulted us and robbed us of our riches.”
My Note – (as I posted on facebook a few minutes ago about this – )
[The above article] is from 2009 – as Qaddafi has been trying for a number of years to create a southern hemisphere NATO like coalition to engage equal force against what he has considered “imperialism” of the northern hemisphere nations. Now he demands that the UN sanctions be lifted despite killing thousands of unarmed protesters (who are now poorly armed with Qaddafi’s own stores of old equipment) – and continuing to have his troops drag people out of their homes to be beaten and arrested in Tripoli.
And, his friend Chavez is gathering other Latin American leaders to form a coalition backing Qaddafi to fight for a “peace process” as defined by Qaddafi and Chavez which intends no real consequences for his actions. That would not serve the people of Libya very well, not the nations of the world, nor the rest of the world’s populations that have been terrorized by this man and his evil crew of criminals and terrorists.
About the International Court – (from the UN Charter) – ChapterXIV
from the UN Charter –
This is the part in Chapter II – that Libya’s leadership defiled, defied and consummately refused to adhere to –
- Membership in the United Nations is open to all other peace-loving states which accept the obligations contained in the present Charter and, in the judgment of the Organization, are able and willing to carry out these obligations.
- The admission of any such state to membership in the United Nations will be effected by a decision of the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council.
A Member of the United Nations against which preventive or enforcement action has been taken by the Security Council may be suspended from the exercise of the rights and privileges of membership by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council. The exercise of these rights and privileges may be restored by the Security Council.
A Member of the United Nations which has persistently violated the Principles contained in the present Charter may be expelled from the Organization by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council.
Chapter II, UN Charter
Not only are there thousands of eyewitness accounts, there is also video recordings from the journalists and cameras there along with cellphone videos and evidence of the harms done, maiming and killing of the Libyan people through the facts determined by doctors who treated them and the people who buried their loved ones after being slaughtered by Qaddafi’s forces. So, it appears that the only one who does not know this is Senior Qaddafi, King of the Southern Hemisphere and all of Africa as he thinks he is.
Or, maybe he has just been hanging around with liars for too long. It probably doesn’t pay to tell him that there are people in his country that don’t like him and despise the barbarity of his wealth mongering brutality.
It was written in the information about Qaddafi’s daughter that she served as a defense attorney for Saddam Hussein. I’m not sure if that is true or not.
It is interesting though.
Qaddafi is going to stop. He’s going to stop because it is in his nature, not because he cares about Libya nor the people of Libya. He is going to stop because someone is going to be intelligent enough to stop him and to stop his regime. And, he is going to stop because his nature is human, not some invincible demigod. That being so, he will stop or be permanently defused, disarmed. and his ability to cause harm utterly destroyed.
Freedom is not a four-letter word. “Kill” is a four-letter word. That seems to be the only word Qaddafi knows to tell his people to do, not prosper, not to share the wealth of his nation with his nation’s people, his intention is to “kill” the West, “kill” what he considers imperialists, “kill” the people who disagree with him, and “kill” his nation’s future.
Why should ten people be allowed to do that?
Qaddafi and his top ten to twenty people are the only ones running this horror upon Libya, and after drawing mercenaries from Africa’s neighboring citizenry those horrors are being perpetrated upon them as well. He has drawn the entire world in this and won’t be happy until the entire Southern Hemisphere Coalition he believes he heads up is engaged in a civil war with the rest of the world. (with him at the center of it.)
That is way too much power for any one man to wield and his family has apparently never learned the word, “no,” except when they are using it. Now is time they learn what “no” means in the hands of others.
One other item from the UN site of interest particularly – (and this includes the oil companies, engineering companies and others doing business in Libya and other firms) –
It is called the Global Compact –
From their page –
What is the Global Compact?
The United Nations Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
My Note –
Our international businesses have agreed to do the best they could do on these things and they know how important it is. They have sent decision-makers to learn more about it and have agreed that the costliness of not doing the right thing in these matters is far more expensive, far more unfair to their own business goals and far more unpredictable in the long run.
Business assets are put at risk, human lives are put at risk, opportunities to do business are put at risk and business investments are undermined when human rights violations are rampant, the environment destroyed and corrupt governments are let run without consequences.
I would hope that businesses will cooperate fully with the UN and world leaders as they work to support the goals of the Global Compact, the UN Charter and their underlying principles, both in Libya and elsewhere. It will make the world safer for people and better for business at the same time.
Our goals are the same. Together we can make a difference.
The New UN Business Partnership Gateway