Washington: Amid reports that the Gaddafi
regime is using fighter jets to target anti-government
protesters, the US Senate has unanimously adopted a resolution
asking the UNSC to consider imposing a no-fly zone over Libya
while condemning the "gross and systematic violations of human
rights" in the country.
The bipartisan resolution, introduced by New Jersey
Senator Robert Menendez, asked 68-year-old Muammar Gaddafi to
resign and permit a peaceful transition to democracy.
It also endorsed the actions of the UN Security Council,
including referral of the Libyan situation to the Hague-based
International Criminal Court.
While the resolution applauded the courage of the Libyan
people in standing up against the brutal dictatorship of
Gaddafi and for demanding democratic reforms, transparent
governance and respect for basic human and civil rights; it
strongly condemned the "gross and systematic violations of
human rights in Libya," including violent attacks on
It called on Gaddafi to desist from further violence,
recognise the Libyan people`s demand for democratic change,
resign from his position and permit a peaceful transition to
democracy governed by respect for human and civil rights and
the right of the people to choose their government in free and
Seeking new steps against the Gaddafi regime, it urged
the United Nation Security Council to consider a no-fly zone
to protect Libyans. The resolution also called for outreach by
the United States to Libyan opposition figures.
"Gaddafi stands alone. The world stands united against
him and his regime`s brutality. His track record of terror is
known ? from the bombing of Pam Am Flight 103, which killed
270 people, to his brutal repression of the Libyan people as
demonstrated by the massacre of 1,200 detainees killed at Abu
Salim Prison in June 1996," Senator Menendez said.
"Today, we stand with the Libyan people as they demand
the right to choose their own government and to live in a
state that respects and guarantees basic human and civil
rights. Gaddafi must go," he said.
The resolution welcomed the unanimous vote of the UN
Security Council on resolution 1970 referring the situation
in Libya to the International Criminal Court, imposing an arms
embargo on the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, freezing the assets of
Gaddafi and family members and banning international travel by
Gaddafi, his family and senior advisers.
It urged the UN Security Council to take such further
action as may be necessary to protect civilians in Libya from
attacks, including the possible imposition of a no-fly zone
over the Libyan territory.