|July 19, 2005|
Kofi Annan, Secretary-General
The United Nations
First Avenue and 46th Street
New York, NY 10017
Dear Secretary-General Annan:
We refer to our letter on July 7, 2005 (copy enclosed), where we enumerated countless human rights violations by the Libyan regime against its own citizens both inside and outside of Libya and citizens of other countries. Although crimes of the regime against Non-Libyans have been investigated, and restitutions have been made, no such investigations were ever made in the countless crimes against Libyan citizens. The reason being, the cases against foreign nationals were championed by their respective governments, while the Libyan government is the one responsible for killing its own citizens.
Since we sent our letter of July 7, another heinous crime was committed against an elderly gentleman, Mohamed Omar Shalluf, who was 85 years old, brutally murdered in front of his elderly wife of similar age. The murderer had severed all telephone lines leading to the home before committing his heinous crime. Due to the vigilance of the deceased neighbors, the killer was apprehended and taken into custody; however, no serious charges were filed. Mohamed Omar Shalluf was the father of Dr. Hadi Shalluf, a prominent Libyan lawyer living in Paris. Dr. Hadi Shalluf has recently founded a political party to promote Justice and democracy in Libya. We believe that the murder of his father is directly related to Dr. Shalluf’s political activity. Gadhafi has frequently threatened to execute all those who oppose him and has a record of using collective punishment against families of his opponents.
This pattern of murder had occurred before at another location in Tripoli when the mutilated body of Musa Ahmed, a former army officer, was discovered in his farm on the outskirts of Tripoli. His killers severed all lines of communications to his farmhouse before killing him; his murder was never seriously investigated. Musa Ahmed was one of those who lead the military coup that brought Gadhafi to the seat of power in Libya. However, Musa Ahmed was subsequently imprisoned for many years and only recently released. Although released from captivity, Gadhafi continued to view him as a potential risk to his totalitarian rule. We also believe that his murder bears the fingerprints of the Libyan regime.
We believe that the presence of the Gadhafi regime under the roof of the United Nations, an institution dedicated to preserving peace and to the promotion of justice and human rights, is an indelible mark of shame that can only be erased by severing all ties with the Gadhafi regime and to make it accountable for all his crimes. We are urging you to stand firmly beside our people, not alongside their oppressor.
Mohamed M. Bugaighis, Ph.D.
Chairman, American Libyan Freedom Alliance (ALFA)
C.C : Chairman of the UN Human Rights Committee
Human Rights Watch
Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, Department of State