October 25, 2011 § 1 Comment
Apparently someone in the Libyan resistance didn’t get the memo.
Interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil said on Sunday, during his speech to the nation in Benghazi to formally declare the country’s liberation from the ousted regime of Moammer Kadhafi, that sharia would be Libya’s principal law.”Any law that violates sharia is null and void legally,” he said, citing as an example the law on marriage passed during the slain dictator’s 42-year tenure that imposed restrictions on polygamy, which is permitted in Islam.
“The law of divorce and marriage… This law is contrary to sharia and it is stopped,” Abdel Jalil said.
…”It’s shocking and insulting to state, after thousands of Libyans have paid for freedom with their lives, that the priority of the new leadership is to allow men to marry in secret,” said Rim, 40, a Libyan feminist who requested anonymity.
The Muslima is out of order. She needs to get back in the kitchen until her Daddy decides who’s she is going to marry.
But all kidding aside there really is no way for Sharia to comply with universal human rights, as well as rights for women, minorities, due process and transparency. They are oil and water.
For the record I don’t agree with the Shaira BS they slipped into the Iraqi and Afghanistan constitutions either.
- Libya: Human rights – what role do they have in the country’s future? (appablog.wordpress.com)
- Sharia law declaration raises fears among women in new Libya (news.nationalpost.com)
- Shariah law declaration raises concerns in new Libya (calgaryherald.com)
June 27, 2011 § 1 Comment
Libyan leader, his son Saif al-Islam and his spy chief Abdullah Senussi indicted for crimes against humanity.
The judges said the indictments and arrest warrants were not proof of guilt, which must be proved at trial [Reuters]
The International Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants for the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, his son and his spy chief, citing evidence of crimes against humanity committed against political opponents.
Judge Sanji Mmasenono Monageng announced the decision on behalf of a three-judge panel in The Hague Monday, saying the warrants were meant to force Gaddafi and his two confidantes to appear before the court and prevent the possibility of a cover-up.
It was the second time in the ICC’s nine-year history that it issued an arrest warrant for a sitting head of state. The ICC indicted the Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir, in 2009, though he has yet to be arrested.
“State policy was designed at the highest level of the state machinery, and aimed at quelling by any means, including by the use of lethal force, demonstrations of civilians against the regime of Muammar Muhammad Gaddafi,” Monageng said.
She stressed that the indictment and warrants for Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam, and his military intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi were not proof of guilt, which must be proved at trial.
But she said the evidence submitted by Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the ICC prosecutor, was enough to establish “reasonable grounds to believe” the three were guilty of murder and the persecution of civilians, or “crimes against humanity,” and that they should be arrested.
‘Justice been done’
The head of Libya’s opposition National Transitional Council hailed the ICC arrest warrant against Gaddafi, vowing to bring the strongman to justice.
As residents of Benghazi greeted the news from The Hague with a hail of airborne-gunfire and blasts of car horns, Mustafa Abdel Jalil welcomed the move by saying “justice has been done”.
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“The decision that was made today by the International Criminal Court stops all suggestions of negotiations with or protection for Gaddafi,” he said.
Jalil also vowed to bring Gaddafi to task for crimes committed before the February uprising, but ruled out suggestions that a foreign force would be needed to catch him.
“We will do all we can to bring Gaddafi to justice… The Libyan people are able to implement this decision,” Jalil said.
Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr, reporting from the opposition stronghold of Benghazi, said that some people in the city thought it was too early to celebrate any victory.
“Yes, the rebels, the opposition here in Benghazi, are hailing the decision as a success. For them this is an important day when justice is finally served,” she said.
“But now, even the National Transitional Council in Benghazi made it clear that the door has been shut to any peaceful political settlement of this conflict. They are worried that Gaddafi, who now is a prisoner in his own country, will fight until the end, until death.”
‘Consistent modus operandi’
Beginning on February 15, when demonstrations first broke out, and continuing until at least February 28, Monageng said, Libya’s security and military forces killed or imprisoned hundreds of perceived dissidents in Tripoli, Misurata and Benghazi, along with a number of other cities.
Those security forces followed “a consistent modus operandi … an attack against the civilian population,” she said.
Gaddafi had “absolute and unquestioned control over the Libyan state apparatus of power,” while Saif al-Islam – his second-oldest son and “unspoken successor” – functioned as a “de factor prime minister” and controlled the state’s finances and logistics, she said.
Abdullah Senussi, meanwhile, “exercised his role as the national head of military intelligence, one of the most powerful and efficient organs of repression,” Monageng said.
She said that Senussi personally commanded regime forces and ordered them to attack civilians during the fighting in Benghazi, which lasted between February 15 and 27 and ended when the local military base known as the Katiba fell into anti-government hands. Senussi and some of his men were reportedly allowed to escape after negotiating with troops who had defected to the protesters’ side.
Gaddafi staying put
Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the ICC’s chief prosecutor, submitted a 74-page dossier of evidence to the panel on May 16, requesting arrest warrants for Gaddafi, his second-eldest son, Saif al-Islam, and his intelligence chief, Abdullah Senussi.
The Court’s decision coincides with the 100th day of NATO operations in Libya. International military intervention succeeded in turning back Gaddafi’s advance on rebel-held cities, but opposition forces have made few advances since air strikes began on March 19.
Gaddafi has refused calls to step aside and has issued defiant video and audio messages from undisclosed locations, calling the intervention a “crusade” against his country and an attempt by the West to recolonise Libya. He is believed to still be in Libya, along with Saif al-Islam and Abdullah Senussi.
Ocampo had sought indictments for all three on charges of crimes against humanity. He alleged that the three met and planned a brutal crackdown against protesters who took to Libya’s streets in mid-February, emboldened by uprisings in nearby neighbouring Tunisia and Egypt.
Gaddafi and Senussi personally issued orders to attack protesters, and Saif al-Islam helped organise the recruitment of mercenaries to put down what became an armed rebellion based out of the country’s east, Ocampo said.
Security forces and mercenaries attacked civilians in their homes, used heavy weaponry on funeral processions, and set up snipers to shoot at worshippers leaving mosques, he said.
Warrant enforcement unclear
Ocampo’s investigation focused on incidents in Benghazi, Misurata and Tripoli from February 15-20. Benghazi successfully overthrew government control in mid-February, while Misurata held out against an oftentimes indiscriminate attack by regime troops for months, only breaking out of its siege in May.
Gaddafi’s security forces successfully stifled dissent in Tripoli, the capital, but unrest in the form of enormous petrol-line queues, sporadic demonstrations and occasional night-time assassinations has begun to grow.
Thousands have so far died in the fighting, while around 650,000 others have fled the country. Another 243,000 Libyans have been displaced internally, according to figures from the United Nations.
The UN Security Council referred the Libyan conflict to the ICC on February 26, and Ocampo launched his investigation five days later.
It’s unclear what practical effect the arrest warrant will have on the three men. Gaddafi has made no public indication he is willing to give up power, and the warrant against Bashir seems to have little chance of being enforced: Bashir has travelled to Qatar, Chad and Egypt without incident.
- Libyan Defector Musa Kusa Found In Qatar (news.sky.com)
- ICC prosecutor seeks arrest warrants for Gaddafi, 2 others (vanguardngr.com)
- War crimes prosecutor seeks Gaddafi warrant – Aljazeera.net (news.google.com)
- Finally: ICC issues arrest warrant for Gaddafi (hotair.com)
May 20, 2011 § 2 Comments
Intro by Innocent Chia & Translation by Philip Acha
Like an amputation without anesthesia, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has thrown African French puppet Presidents under the proverbial bus as popular risings pick up momentum from the typhoon winds blowing down on the rest of Africa from the North.
A shortlist of measures contained in a new French Foreign Policy towards former French colonies in Africa specifically warns Paul Biya against running for another term in October 2011. Not only is Sarkozy acknowledging the disenfranchised, he is winking at them by making known his plans to withdraw French military support so that drug-heads of Biya’s ilk do not resort to deploying French resources against the masses a la drowning Ghadafi of Libya. Will French Cameroonians take the cue from this huge shift in policy?
Source: Post News Line
- Pual Biya pulling Cameroon slowly into civil war (scylinfo.wordpress.com)
- Cameroon and “Motions of Support” (lebs295.wordpress.com)
- Yaounde political Tsunami shifted to a later date (scylinfo.wordpress.com)
- Fighting for gay rights in Cameroon!!!! (lebs295.wordpress.com)
March 23, 2011 § 4 Comments
WOW!…Wonder what’s gonna happen here? What if the US say NO!
So many questions:
Latest…And now for ABC News:
China calls for immediate cease-fire in Libya
All parties must “immediately cease-fire and resolve issues through peaceful means,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said at a regularly scheduled news conference, citing unconfirmed reports that the airstrikes had caused civilian deaths.
During Gates’s Visit, Russian Defense Minister Calls for Immediate Cease-Fire
“Unfortunately, recent developments in the country demonstrate that it is experiencing real hostilities, destroying civilian facilities, and the killing of civilians,” Serdyukov said. “This shouldn’t have been let to happen and we informed our U.S. counterparts of our opposition.”
And here’s another interesting development:
“North Korea also Tuesday urged an immediate halt to the airstrikes. An unidentified Foreign Ministry spokesman said they were “a wanton violation of Libya’s sovereignty and a hideous crime against humanity.” ”
Now we can question:
No need to panic over Chinese warship off coast of Libya!
One of the most ironic developments in the Libyan crisis is the reaction of American military pundits to China dispatching a warship to the Mediterranean Sea.
The warship Xuzhou, which media outlets described as a “4,000-ton frigate, fully armed with air defence missiles,” or simply as a “Chinese missile ship,” would appear to a layperson to be both massive and powerful. The rationale that American analysts give for the Chinese deploying the Xuzhou is “projecting China’s power off the coast of Libya.”
- China calls for immediate cease-fire, end of airstrikes in Libya – The Canadian Press (news.google.com)
- US jet crashes in Libya, but pilots safe; Gates sees airstrikes slowing soon – Washington Post (news.google.com)
- Libya: China Calls for Immediate Cease-Fire (time.com)
- China calls for immediate cease-fire in Libya (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- China calls for immediate cease fire in Libya, after abstaining on the UN resolution authorizing military action (americablog.com)
- China calls for immediate cease-fire in Libya (foxnews.com)
- Moscow calls for cease-fire in Libya as Gates visits – CNN International (news.google.com)
- Russia rebukes Gates, demands “immediate cease fire” in Libya (hotair.com)
- Colonel Gaddafi orders a cease-fire in Libya (rt.com)
- China Steps Up Denunciations of Bombing Campaign Against Libyan Military (nytimes.com)
March 13, 2011 § Leave a comment
Gadhafi forces retake rebel town, state TV claims
Tripoli, Libya (CNN) — Libyan state TV reported Sunday that the opposition-held town of al-Brega had been “been cleansed from the criminal gangs and mercenaries, the area is now safe, and all citizens should go back to their work and their normal life.”
Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi have been fighting to recapture towns from the rebels since an uprising began last month.
Opposition leaders in Benghazi confirmed to CNN that their forces have left al-Brega but they are calling their move a “tactical retreat.”
The military has been pounding the key oil port of Ras Lanuf, once in the hands of rebel forces, and has taken control of towns such as nearby Bin Jawad. The Gadhafi government appears intent on retaking all territory from the opposition despite growing international pressure.
The Arab League voted Saturday to back a no-fly zone “to protect the civilian population” in Libya, the body’s secretary-general Amre Moussa said.
“We will inform the U.N. Security Council of our request to enforce a no-fly zone over Libya,” Moussa said. “The U.N. Security Council should decide how it will be enforced.”
Also on Saturday, an Al-Jazeera cameraman was killed in an apparent ambush near Benghazi, Libya, becoming the first journalist killed in the country since the start of the civil war, the network reported.
Ali Hassan al Jaber was returning to Benghazi, an opposition stronghold in the east, from a nearby town where he had reported on an opposition protest when “unknown fighters opened fire on a car he and his colleagues were traveling in,” Al-Jazeera reported on its English-language website.
The cameraman and another person were wounded. Al Jaber was rushed to a hospital, but did not survive, the network said.
“Al-Jazeera condemns the cowardly crime, which comes as part of the Libyan regime’s malicious campaign targeting Al-Jazeera and its staff,” the network reported.
The no-fly zone which the Arab League is calling for would be a preventive measure and would have to be stopped immediately when the Libyan crisis ends, Youssef bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Oman’s foreign minister said in a joint appearance with Moussa.
Arab League members have reservations about military intervention, but said all countries agreed that a no-fly zone must be imposed urgently to protect civilians, bin Abdullah said.
“We hope the Libyan authorities will respect a no-fly decision,” he said. “Be assured the Arab countries will not accept the intervention of the NATO coalition.”
Moussa said the league also voted to open channels of communication with the Transitional National Council, the Libyan opposition’s newly formed administration, and that any talks with that body would be on a humanitarian basis.
“We are giving them legitimacy but we’re not giving them political recognition,” Moussa said. “We are prepared to help evacuate any Arab nationals from Libya regardless of their nationality.”
The Arab League also called for immediate humanitarian assistance and an end to the bloodshed in Libya, where civil war has broken out between forces loyal to Gadhafi and a tenacious opposition movement.
The White House cheered the League’s announcements and stressed it will continue to pressure Gadhafi, support the opposition and prepare for “all contingencies.”
Opposition forces made strides in the early days of the rebellion, but Gadhafi’s military has recently gained strong momentum.
The League was meeting at its headquarters in Cairo, while hundreds of demonstrators outside urged the international community to step up support for Libyan opposition groups.
Pleading for international help as they continue to lose ground to pro-Gadhafi forces, rebels are asking for a no-fly zone that would theoretically thwart airstrikes.
No-fly zones are areas where aircraft are not allowed to fly. Such zones were put in place after the Gulf War in southern and northern Iraq as a check on the forces of the late Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
Western powers have said any action by the international community, including a no-fly zone, would have to have regional support and a clear mandate from the United Nations.
U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday that he “won’t take (the) decision lightly” on whether to use military force, including helping to enforce a no-fly zone, saying it is critical to “balance costs versus benefits.”
While France has recognized the National Transitional Council as the sole representative of the Libyan people, the European Union was more restrained Friday, saying it “welcomes and encourages the interim transitional national council based in Benghazi, which it considers a political interlocutor.”
The Libyan government on Saturday took journalists to the eastern city of Bin Jawad, where the government ousted rebels about a week ago.
CNN’s Nic Robertson said he saw fighter jets in the sky but he didn’t see them engage in strikes.
He saw some structural damage, such as a blown-out police station and damage to a school and houses, including a Katyusha rocket embedded in the wall of a house. Some stores were closed and others had been looted.
CNN’s Yousuf Basil and Reza Sayah and journalist Mohamed Fadel Fahmy contributed to this report.
Source : CNN
- Arab League Urges Libya ‘No-Fly’ Zone (online.wsj.com)
- Arab League asks UN for Libya no-fly zone (msnbc.msn.com)
- “Arab League to ask UN to impose no-fly zone in Libya, report” and related posts (yalibnan.com)
- Gadhafi pushes ahead as Arab League debates help (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Arab League calls for Libya no-fly zone (marketwatch.com)
- Libyan rebels lose oil port, but vow to regroup (sfgate.com)
- Libyan rebels lose oil port, but vow to regroup (salon.com)
- Libyan rebels lose oil port, but vow to regroup (boston.com)
- LIBYA: Al Jazeera Cameraman Murdered Near Benghazi, As Qaddafi’s Forces Continue Rampage (businessinsider.com)
- Arab League Backs No-Fly Zone in Libya (newser.com)