United Nations’ Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged the United Nations Security Council to take action over the crisis in Libya because of the human rights violations that have occurred under Gaddafi’s regime (BBC.com). The United Nations has been criticized for not taking action over the crisis in Libya which many fear could have a more dangerous outcome than the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.
In Libya, there is a growing number of people escaping the country as well as a growing food crisis. The UN World Food Program stated that imports of food have not been getting into the country and its distribution has been difficult because of the violence.
Protesters leaving Friday Prayers were attacked by militiamen and government troops. According to Mr. Ban, 22,000 people have fled Libya to Tunisia and another 15,000 have fled to Egypt. There are more that are unable to leave and many that have been harassed and threatened. He stressed the importance of neighboring countries to keep their borders open as to welcome those escaping the violence.
Britain and France have come up with a draft resolution that may include a number of sanctions, an arms embargo and referral of the situation to the International Criminal Court to put pressure on Libya’s political and military leaders.
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