Libya: Lawyers condemn brutal repression of democratic mass demonstrations
The International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) and the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights (ELDH) unreservedly condemn the brutal repression of democratic mass demonstrations in Libya. Reports of indiscriminate bombing on civilians if true would violate the core principles of humanitarian law.
As in Tunisia, Egypt and other Arab countries the youth are prominently in the lead in rising up against regimes that are ignoring civil liberties and which have been subservient to Western interests. Democratic lawyers, jurists and judges, are among the forefront of this revolution, aimed at achieving an effective rule of law based on the guarantee of individual and collective rights.
IADL and ELDH call for
” an immediate end to support of Gaddafi's regime and demand that collusion with this regime be exposed,
” the immediate end to the bloodshed of the Libyan people stressing that the Libyan regime may be guilty of crimes against humanity, which may be brought before the International Criminal Court.
At the same time they express their total opposition to any foreign military intervention in this area including a no-fly zone.
Statement of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers Regarding the Security Council Resolution 1973 in Libya and military actions by the United States, France and the United Kingdom's imposition of a no-fly zone:
1.The International Association of Democratic Lawyers ("IADL") has previously condemned the brutal repression of democratic mass demonstrations in Libya and stated that reports of indiscriminate bombing on civilians if true would violate the core principles of humanitarian law. IADL also called for an immediate end to support of Gaddafi's regime and for the immediate end to the bloodshed of the Libyan people. IADL stressed that the Libyan regime may be guilty of crimes against humanity, which may brought before the International Criminal Court. Nonetheless, IADL opposed foreign intervention in Libya including establishment of a a no-fly zone.
2.Notwithstanding the requirement of Article 2(4) of the United Nations Charter that all members states of the United Nations must settle their disputes in a peaceful manner and Article 2(7) which prohibits intervention into essentially domestic matters of a country, the Security Council on March 17, 2011 passed a resolution which in the name of protecting civilians allowed for the imposition of a no-fly zone. This resolution is inconsistent with both Articles 2 (4) and 2 (7) of the Charter.
3.IADL notes that as soon as this resolution passed, peaceful methods to end the attacks on civilians in Libya were abandoned and France, the United Kingdom and the United States began military actions to impose a no fly zone in Libya, which has exposed many more civilians to potential death and injury.
4.IADL, therefore condemns this resolution and military actions based on it, at the same time as we condemn the Gaddafi's actions against his people and demands that all such attacks end
5.IADL further reaffirms its support for the democratic movement and for a peaceful solution of the Libyan internal conflict based on principles of self-determination and non intervention.