Obama asked to take lead in demanding end to Libya violence

US-based organisation for Muslims has appealed to President Barack Obama to take the lead in demanding an end to unlawful use of force against peaceful protesters in that country.

US-based organisation for Muslims has appealed to President
Barack Obama to take the lead in demanding an end to unlawful
use of force against peaceful protesters in that country.

"This can be described as nothing other than a
pending horrific genocide and the international community must
take action on behalf of the people of Libya to prevent more
senseless murders from taking place," he said.

The appeal came after Libyan strongman Moammar
Gaddafi, the Arab world`s longest-serving ruler, said he would
"die as a martyr rather than give up power".

68-year-old Gaddafi, who has already used air strikes
to gun down defenceless protesters, has said he has not even
used massive force yet and also threatened to use it against
the entire country if they do not stop their protests.

"This threat of pending massive force is frightening,
considering the fact he has already murdered hundreds, injured
thousands, and committed horrific acts of violence," ISNA said
while urging Obama to intervene immediately on behalf of the
Libyan people.

As of February 21, the International Coalition Against
War Criminals had reported 519 peaceful protesters dead, 3980
injured, and 1500 missing in Libya.

"If America sits by and does nothing, we will witness
another disaster similar to what happened to Iraqi Kurds in
1988, Rwanda in 1994, and Serbanista in 1996," ISNA said.

ISNA urged Obama to take the lead to demand an end to
unlawful use of force against peaceful protesters; condemn
Gaddafi`s brutal crimes against humanity and indict him to be
tried in the International Criminal Court.

It sought opening of the Egypt-Libya and Tunisia-Libya
borders immediately which have been blocked and swiftly
sending the Libyan people humanitarian aid and relief supplies
such as medicine, blood, food, and other basic provisions.

ISNA also urged Obama to call on the UN Security
Council to take decisive action and stop the massacre of
innocent civilians; demand Libya to restore access to the
internet; and impose an embargo on all exports of arms and
security equipment to Libya.

PTI

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