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Saturday, 7 November, 2009

A letter of thanks to the Government of Belgium 

We, the undersigned represent a group of Libyan opposition members calling for the end of the dictatorial and corrupt regime of based in Libya for more than four decades, led by the dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

We have monitored the recent sound decision taken by the State Council in Belgium suspending the licenses allowing for the export of weapons shipments to Libya, which was based primarily on the respect for the principles of human rights.  We especially salute this brave and wise decision taken by the Belgian leadership, as it has not always been the same position of other Western countries that have ignored the blatant human rights violations by the Libyan regime led by the dictator Muammar Gaddafi.  While others in the International community have compromised these principles in return for oil and economic concessions, the Belgian government’s position is highly appreciated and will never be forgotten by the Libyan people.  Libyans are especially thankful for this position and will appropriately reflect this appreciation in its relationship with the Belgian State in the future when they are freed from the dictatorial regime and establish their own democratic government that reflects its views.  We therefore find that it is our duty to express our profound gratitude to the Belgian government and people, and we assure that our people will not forget this moral position regardless of how long we must suffer under this dictatorial regime.

We would like to also thank the National Belgian Centre for Peace & Democracy (CANPD) and the Ligue des Droits de l'Homme (LDH) , for their active role in urging the State Council of Belgium to suspend the granting of permits to export weapons to Libya dedicated to the army and the police.  As stated by the French-speaking Association for Human Rights LDH, these weapons "may be used to suppress the people and for activities contrary to the values of peace and justice".

We hope that this position is not only a temporary suspension, but that it becomes a firm stance and solid commitment to the protection of human rights in the foreign relations with the dictatorial regime in Libya.

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