—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
JAMAICA, New York (March 2, 2011) – In a press release issued today, the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) welcomed the UN’s suspension of Libya from the UN Human Rights Council and the Obama administration’s decision to place sanctions on Libya after weeks of protest and violence in the country.
“We applaud the actions taken against the Libyan government by the United Nations and the Obama administration” said Dr. Zahid Bukhari, President of ICNA. “We appeal to them to further impose a no-fly zone over the country, as many pro-democracy Libyans have requested.”
“The international community must now rally against Gaddafi, who has promised to continue on his path of bloodshed. We urge the UN to bring him to justice for his blatant violation of human rights and indict him for the crimes committed against his people.”
“As American Muslims we are appalled by the government-ordered, systematic use of violence against unarmed demonstrators particularly in Libya, where warplanes, snipers and the militia have attacked civilians, and Bahrain, where tear gas and live ammunition have been used against demonstrators.
“ICNA reminds the leaders of the Middle East that God detests injustice. They must give voice to and meet the legitimate demands of their citizens. We stand with the oppressed of Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Algeria, Jordan and Morocco in their quest for basic human and legal rights. We pray for their safety and urge them to be steadfast; their perseverance is a victory for freedom everywhere.”
ICNA’s partner organization Helping Hand for Relief and Development is actively working towards bringing medical relief to the injured and affected within the country, as well as fleeing refugees at Libya’s eastern outskirts. We encourage you to donate generously to relief efforts being conducted in Libya, as well as Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria at www.hhrd.org.
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