|Statement By The Group Of Demonstrators|
Opposite The Ruling Libyan Regime Embassy In London
30 June 2003
On the 8th Anniversary of the Abu Sleem prison Massacre in Tripoli - Libya, which took place on the 28th and 29th of June 1996, we the demonstrators stand here today to condemn in the strongest possible terms this deliberate and premeditated evil act. The Abu Sleem massacre claimed the lives of more than one thousand two hundred prisoners utterly and totally without any justification.
According to eyewitnesses, the massacre followed a peaceful demand by the prisoners to the prison authorities to improve their living conditions and to allow them to see their visiting family members. They were desperate for a human-like treatment by their prison guards after years in captivity without trial or redress. The demands of these young and tormented human souls were met with lethal force, which was employed as the first option. Their bodies were handled by bulldozers and transported in refrigerated trucks to unknown mass graves.
The slaughter of these innocent human beings represents one of the worst acts of mass murder perpetrated against the Libyan people by the regime of Muammar Al Gaddafi over his 35 years of totalitarian and dictatorial rule of Libya. Twelve hundred people massacred at Abu Sleem of the five million people of Libya are much more in comparison to the five thousand people massacred at Halabja of the twenty five million people of Iraq! This mass execution of innocent people will be remembered as one of the worst acts of mass murder ever carried out to this day.
We call on all the international legal and human rights organisations and all the supporters of justice and liberty to join with us in condemning the regime of Muammar Al Gaddafi for allowing this to happen and to support us in our demand to hold all those responsible for this vile act to account for their actions.
While we hold the Libyan regime fully responsible for what happened at Abu Sleem prison, we also take this opportunity to demand the following from the regime:
- A formal and complete acceptance of responsibility regarding this massacre
- To release the full facts of what happened including the names of all those who were massacred and the whereabouts of their bodies
- To hold a full and independent investigation into the massacre, in partnership with respected international legal institutions, to investigate what happened at Abu Sleem and to handover those responsible to the courts for justice to take its course.
- To release all political prisoners inside all Libyan jails
- To dismantle all the exceptional laws and legislations implemented by the Libyan regime.
To the families, the relatives and friends of those who have lost their loved ones we offer our heartfelt condolences.
Wednesday, 30th June 2004