12th July 2006
The launch of the British Libyan solidarity for Freedom and Human Rights Campaign
There are so many examples of The Blair Government’s hypocrisy that you could fill an encyclopaedia but few illustrate it more poignantly that Blair’s position on Libya.
Take a country that has an appalling record on Human Rights – where to set up an opposition party carries a death penalty, where innocent people rot in jails without trial and “disappear” and Big Brother Security Forces mean that even a conversation with a colleague in the workplace criticising the regime can lead to detainment and torture. Iraq under Saddam Hussain? No, Libya under Ghaddafi.
Add to that the fact that one fifth of the population live under the poverty line and that entire cities are punished for opposition to the government in Isreali State type operations that include bulldozing homes and shooting protestors on the streets and you begin to get a picture of what life is like in Col. Muammar Abu Minyar al-QADHAFI’s Socialist State. In a Country that has 32 billion dollars of gold reserves in the coffers, there is 30% unemployment and infant mortality rate runs at 23%. This is no Socialist Utopia – this is a vicious Dictatorship surviving through nepotism and oppression.
And Mr Blair’s response to this? The UK has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Libya concerning deportations. Under international conventions the UK government cannot send people back to a country where they might face torture, mistreatment or the death penalty. So on what grounds does the British Government take this action? Well Ghaddafi has “promised” not do it. Oh well, that’s ok then.
The 2004 Human Rights Report issued by the Foreign Office expresses concern about the “human rights situation in Libya, including restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly, political prisoners, arbitrary detention and conditions in Libyan prisons.” But Blair obviously knows better.
British people need to be made aware of this atrocious hypocrisy from the British Government who had no qualms in indiscriminately dropping cluster bombs murdering 10,s of 1000’s of innocent people in Iraq under the guise of defending freedom and democracy – is at the same time prepared to deport asylum seekers to an uncertain fate to a country where there is not even the pretence of democracy or freedom.
We invite you to join the British Libyan Solidarity for Freedom and Human Rights campaign to help defend deportations and stand in Solidarity with the victims of the Dictatorship in Libya.
Azeldin El Sharif 078598 26874