Tuesday, February 22, 2011

International Reactions to repression...


The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, called Tuesday a "crime against humanity" repression against protesters in Libya and demanded an international inquiry into these events.
In a statement, Pillay called for the immediate cessation of human rights violations and denounced the use of guns, fighter jets and snipers against civilians. "The widespread and systematic attacks against the civilian population are tantamount to crimes against humanity," he said.

Italy, immigration concerns
Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini acknowledged Tuesday that the Italian government is "very concerned" about the danger "of a civil war" in Libya and the risk "of immigration to the European Union seasonal dimension" in a press conference in Cairo after holding a meeting with Secretary General of the Arab League, Amr Musa.
For his part, Interior Minister Roberto Maroni, has called a summit on Wednesday with the participation of several southern Mediterranean countries, including Spain, to control the flood of illegal immigrants that could reach European shores in the coming days because of the riots that are occurring in North Africa.
According to the newspaper Corriere della Sera ', the meeting will include delegates from France, Greece, Cyprus and Malta, directly involved in the new wave of immigration that could come from Africa to the latest developments in Libya in addition to what happened in Tunisia.
The migration crisis caused by the riots has forced the Italian government to declare a "humanitarian emergency" on the island of Lampedusa to the arrival of thousands of immigrants to their shores, a veritable exodus prompted by the revolt in Tunisia and Egypt.

Turkey criticizes the "cruelty"
The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Tuesday that Libyan Government "harsh measures" to quell demonstrations only contribute to "increasing violence and threaten the country's unity."
"The harsh measures against a population that raises its voice for democracy only further exacerbate the spiral of violence and threaten the unity of the country," Erdogan said before the representatives of his party, AKP, the Turkish Parliament.

France sent three planes
The French government has sent three military planes to Libya in order to evacuate citizens Gauls found in this country due to the deterioration of the situation to the violent repression by the regime of Muammar Gaddafi has responded to protests against him.
As announced Foreign Minister, Michèle Alliot-Marie, evacuate the three military planes "now" to those Frenchmen whose presence in Libya "is not indispensable." The Government has taken this decision "to ensure the safety of our compatriots in the context of the violence in Libya in recent days," he clarified.
The three aircraft will depart from Paris for Tripoli, where the French Embassy has been instructed to inform the gala colony - about 700 people, but now believed to have Foreign around 500 - of the evacuation and "help them get the airport, "Alliot-Marie has pointed out.
Portugal had been yesterday to announce the first European country to send a plane to evacuate its citizens from Libya. The plane, according to the newspaper Luso 'Public', arrived yesterday in the Libyan capital and evacuated to a NATO base in Italy to 80 Portuguese and 34 other foreigners.
The device, according to sources consulted by the newspaper, has returned to Tripoli to evacuate more citizens lusos and then return to Portugal, are expected tomorrow.

Jordan condemned on Tuesday the use of force against protesters in Libya, including combat aircraft, has ordered an immediate halt to the crackdown and warned that what happened is a violation of human rights.
"The bloodshed of the Libyan people must cease immediately," the state agency said the Libyan Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad al-Kayed, stressing that "such acts and practices constitute a serious violation of international humanitarian law and Human Rights. "
In this sense, the Jordanian government has asked Libyan authorities to show "the greatest possible degree of containment to deal with the current situation and preserve the lives and dignity of the Libyan people and other nationals living in the country."

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday expressed his "growing concern" about the danger to which civilians are exposed to repression with which the Libyan government is acting against the protests, especially the thousands of refugees and asylum seekers found in the country.
"Right now we do not have access to the refugee community," said UNHCR spokeswoman, Melissa Fleming, from Geneva, adding that the UN agency has spent months trying to "regularize" their presence in the North African country, which has limited their work.
According to the spokesman, the information that is coming on Libya is extremely worrying. A journalist noted, have been informed that "Somalis in Tripoli are being persecuted on suspicion of being mercenaries" and felt "trapped and afraid to leave, even just have food."
According to UNHCR data available before the protests broke out in Libya had more than 8,000 refugees and 3,000 asylum seekers from countries such as Chad, Eritrea, Iraq, the Palestinian territories. Somalia and Sudan.
Therefore, UNHCR has appealed to "all the neighboring countries that welcome these people coming from Libya that could be fleeing targeted violence and fear for their lives," Fleming riveting.
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